Shillong, May 7: A group of Congress legislators which is unhappy with the proposed Congress-NCP alliance met United Democratic Party leader J.D. Rymbai today to explore the possibility of a Congress-UDP government.
Confirming reports of the meeting, which was led by senior Congress legislator Charles Pyngrope, Rymbai today said the UDP was open to discuss such an alliance.
He said since the NCP had betrayed the spirit of the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance coalition, there were no restrictions on the UDP to forge ties either.
The UDP yesterday threatened to snap ties with the NCP for its “opportunistic politics”, a day after Purno Sangma met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi to discuss the need to form a Congress-NCP government in Meghalaya.
“The Congress legislators came and met me at my residence and we discussed the political situation arising out of the move of the Congress and NCP leaders at the higher level to form a government,” Rymbai said.
According to the UDP leader, the state-level Congress leaders do not want to work with the NCP and thus sought the help of the UDP.
“I told them to wait for the outcome of the Congress-NCP negotiations taking place in Delhi and if their move does not materialise, I told them that the UDP was ready to co-operate with the state Congress legislators to form an alternative government,” Rymbai said.
Congress sources said Meghalaya PCC president Friday Lyngdoh, along with several party legislators also met the UDP leader and Assembly Speaker Bindo Lanong and expressed the need for a Congress-UDP government in the state.
The Congress legislators also faxed a protest letter to the AICC leaders in Delhi against the proposed Congress-NCP tie-up.