Guwahati, September 13: Former five-time Meghalaya Chief Minister and Congress heavyweight for the past four decades, Dona Dethwelson Lapang today tendered his resignation from the party.
In his resignation letter to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, The 84-year-old Congress veteran who won to the Assembly in 8 consecutive elections, has expressed frustration in the party’s recent policies.
“Recently, the party has embarked into a policy of phasing out senior and elderly people,” Lapang, mentioned.
He further said, “In my opinion, it means that the services and contributions of senior and elderly people are not useful to the party. Since the spirit and enthusiasm to work for the people is still burning inside me, this restriction made me frustrated and compelled me to be no longer comfortable in the party,” Lapang said.
“With my present age and health condition, I have decided to serve the country, my state and its people in the same manner wherever I am,” he noted.
The veteran political leader stated that he worked devotedly, leaving no stone un-turned while performing his service for the party, as a “true and disciplined Congressman and always cooperated with the AICC (All India Congress Committee) even to the extent of accepting sacrifices for the sake of unity and strength of the party. …”
The five-time Chief Minister of Meghalaya did not contest the February 2018 assembly elections but campaigned for the Congress. With Lok Sabha elections just around the corner, lapang’s resignation has landed as a huge blow to the party’s strategy to contest the same.