SHILLONG, Aug 2 - Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today stated the �adventurism� of a few party MLAs would not last long, and that everyone �would fall in line� before the Assembly elections.
Sangma, without naming anybody, admitted that �there are a few Congress MLAs who have been dissenting,� but rejected reports of widespread rebellion to remove him from his chair.
Asked about the dissenting voices against him within the party, Sangma said: �Their adventurism will stop and they will all fall in line.� The Chief Minister made the comments after a discussion between AICC general secretaries Mukul Wasnik and CP Joshi, and Congress MLAs here. KHADC chief and Congress MLA PN Syiem reportedly told Wasnik and Joshi that the �Government has failed on all fronts under Sangma.�
�I told the AICC general secretaries that the present Government has failed on all fronts and I have given points to substantiate this,� Syiem said after his meeting with Wasnik.
Refusing to comment on Syiem�s observation, Sangma only said that seeking change in leadership was synonymous with Meghalaya politics. �Is it a new thing?� he asked.
The Chief Minister stated that the party needs to prepare for the polls right from now. Sangma added there are several issues involving governance that need to be sorted out.
�We need to work hard and pull up our socks to see where we have gone wrong. We need to work collectively,� Sangma added.
When further prodded why the one-on-one talks took place instead of a Congress Legislature Party meeting, Sangma evaded a clear reply.
�At times we need one-on-one talks as some people get the opportunity to speak up; otherwise, they are not willing to speak to others,� the Chief Minister said.
On the other hand, Wasnik said that extensive discussions were held yesterday and today with all legislators, senior leaders, members of district councils and other party workers. He, however, claimed that the leadership issue was not a part of the discussions. �The issue of leadership change was not part of the agenda during our discussions,� Wasnik claimed.
Like Sangma, Wasnik, too, refused to comment on Syiem�s observation. �I don�t know what he told you (media.) Therefore, it will not be appropriate to comment,� the AICC general secretary said. He added that all inputs would be presented before Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.