Last-minute intervention by the Congress high command ahead of bypolls to three assembly constituencies in the state prevented a possible split in the party’s Meghalaya unit, but a permanent solution remains a “work in progress”.
The Meghalaya unit of the Congress was in turmoil after former chief minister Mukul Sangma expressed dismay over the appointment of Vincent H Pala as the state unit president “without consultation” in August. As speculation of an imminent split in the party ranks gained momentum, the Congress leadership summoned the two leaders to Delhi.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi met both of them on Sunday, while Congress President Sonia Gandhi Met him on Monday. talking to Naveen Bharat After meeting Sonia Gandhi, Sangma, who is now serving as the Leader of the Opposition, said: “As I have said, some issues need to be resolved and are to be looked into. Back to back meetings have been held. The process is on, the consultation is on. The party will take appropriate steps,” Sangma said.
Pala sought to downplay reports on the rift.
“It appears that there was a gap in communication in which he (Sangma) was not consulted or taken into confidence during my appointment. I think the Congress leadership tried to call him, but he could not be contacted as the assembly was in session. This is a small issue. There is no personal animosity in this. He is a very senior leader,” said Pala.
Speaking to The Naveen Bharat, Sangma underlined the need for political parties to “display harmony and harmony” and “realize the magnitude of the responsibility on them to preserve and protect democracy”.
Asked specifically whether the Congress will form a united front in Meghalaya, Sangma said, “The whole objective (of the dialogue process) is directed towards that. All parties have to face such challenges. We’ll see how we navigate the issues. “