Shillong, Feb. 24: The Meghalaya unit of the NCP faced fresh trouble when a member of the party’s subordinate election authority resigned last evening.
The resignation of Sajendra Joshi also from party membership followed the recent resignation of P.M. Syiem from the post of president of the party’s East Khasi Hills district unit on February 20.
While protesting the way W.R. Kharlukhi was re-elected the party’s state unit president, Syiem had indicated mass exodus of NCP members from the district unit.
Joshi said the election was never held and any information on election was also not made known to him. He termed his resignation as a mark of protest against lack of inner-party democracy.
The letter of resignation was addressed to NCP leader and chairman of the state election authority, Edmund Sangma, who was the returning officer for election to the party president’s post.
Syiem today said more members from East Khasi Hills district would resign in the days to come.
According to Syiem, a former minister, the NCP needs to take corrective measures to keep its flock together.
Control of the party by a few leaders was not acceptable to a majority of members, he said.
Syiem added his decision to quit the party along with his supporters would be taken at an appropriate time, adding he had nothing against Kharlukhi but was only protesting the manner in which a few top NCP leaders bulldozed the will of the majority.
Syiem’s resignation is likely to affect the NCP in Khasi Hills.
After the NCP was formed in 1999, not many members joined the party in Khasi-Jaintia Hills.
In the 2003 Assembly elections, the NCP got only one MLA in the entire region.
In the 2008 Assembly elections, the NCP got two legislators from the region. Syiem and his supporters had worked hard for the party during the Assembly elections.
In the election to the district councils held last year, six NCP members were elected from Khasi-Jaintia Hills, including Teilinia Thangkhiew, Syiem’s daughter.
The NCP is already riven by disunity after it suspended senior legislator Adolf Hitler Marak from Garo hills for anti-party activities.
Marak claimed as he was critical of the style of functioning of top NCP functionaries, including P.A. Sangma, he was suspended from the party.
Another setback for the party is the closeness of NCP legislator and Deputy Speaker Sanbor Shullai to the Congress.
Before the formation of the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government last year, Shullai had extended support to the Congress while still remaining in the NCP.