In a major blow to the Congress in the north east, veteran leader and four time Meghalaya chief minister DD Lapang resigned from the party. He has been serving in the Congress since four decades. In his resignation letter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, 84-year-old Lapang cited sidelining of seniors in the party as the main reason behind his decision.
“Lately the AICC has been embarking upon a policy of phasing out senior and elderly people. In my opinion it means the service and contribution of the senior and elderly people is no longer useful to the party,” he stated in his resignation letter. “This restriction made me frustrated and compelled me to be no longer comfortable to be in the party,” he added. Besides being CM of Meghalaya four-times, Lapang has also been president of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee for a long time.
Lapang was first elected to the state assembly in 1972 from the Nongpoh assembly seat as an independent candidate. Since then he has been electing to the state assembly, except once. He was removed as the Pradesh Congress president last December after five lawmakers resigned from the assembly to join the ruling National People’s Party (NPP), an NDA ally.