The Congress is certain that the 12 deserters, who are now with the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), will be disqualified after filing a second appeal to the Assembly Speaker on Friday seeking action against former party MLAs Charles Pyngrope and Shitlang Pale.
“Merger is from party to party,” stated MPCC president and Shillong MP Vincent H Pala. These 12 MLAs had the numbers to break the party, and there is no doubting that, but they should have founded a party after leaving the Congress and then merged it with another.”
“According to them, these MLAs will be disqualified 100 percent since the system they followed was not in accordance with the Tenth Schedule,” Pala stated, adding that he had discussed the subject with many top lawyers in Delhi.
“We filed two sets of petitions – the first set is for the 10 MLAs, and then we submitted the second petition against the two other MLAs after doing more research,” he added.
Congress Party leader Ampareen Lyngdoh says
“We are extremely certain that our petitions have significant value while interpreting the Tenth Schedule,” said Congress Legislature Party leader Ampareen Lyngdoh, who presented the second petition with Pala and four other party MLAs.
“We’re aware that there was a hiccup in their exit. Another issue that we believe has to be addressed is the fact that there was no resignation, conversation, or negotiation with the parent party,” she noted.
“You may have two-thirds the number of MLAs, but have you done all required procedures to avoid being disqualified?” she continued.
She claims the Tenth Schedule contains other grey areas that give Congress enough confidence to assume it will win the battle.