Meghalaya: 5 MLAs resigned before assembly elections, this is the reason

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Cabinet Minister and Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) MLA Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar, Trinamool Congress MLA Shitlang Pale, suspended Congress MLAs Myrtlebourne Syme and PT Sokmi and Independent MLA Lambor Malangiang submitted their resignations.

Ahead of the announcement of the schedule for Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura assembly elections by the Election Commission, five MLAs from Meghalaya have tendered their resignations and are all set to join the United Democratic Party. The MLAs who resigned include cabinet minister and Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) MLA Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar, Trinamool Congress MLA Shitlang Pale, suspended Congress MLAs Myrtlebourne Syme and PT Sokmi and independent MLA Lambor Malangiang.

With this, both Congress and HSPDP officially have no MLAs left in the state. Amid political defections and resignations of legislators, 18 legislators have resigned as members of the 11th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. The Election Commission will announce the schedule for assembly elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland today. The commission has called a press conference here at 2.30 pm for the purpose. The term of all the three assemblies is ending on different dates in March. The term of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly ends on March 12, while the terms of the Meghalaya and Tripura assemblies end on March 15 and 22.

tell that The Legislative Assemblies of the three states have 60-60 seats. Sources had earlier indicated that the election schedule for the three states would be prepared keeping in mind the board exams and deployment of security forces. Assembly elections are going to be held for the first time this year in the three states of the Northeast. While Tripura is ruled by the BJP, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party is in power in Nagaland. Meghalaya is governed by the National People’s Party (NPP). NPP is the only party in the Northeast which is recognized as a national party.

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