SHILLONG, Sept 6 � Terming the recent hue and cry for change of leadership as �figment of imagination�, AICC general secretary Luihinzo Falerio last night said Mukul Sangma would continue to be the Chief Minister.
�Mukul Sangma was, is and will continue to be the Chief Minister of the State,� Falerio told reporters after the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting.
He said, �I�ve never heard of it (demand for change of leadership). It�s just a figment of imagination of someone else.�
The CLP meeting was attended by all the members including those from the dissident group led by MPCC chief DD Lapang and senior leader SC Marak.
Stating that the meeting was very intimate one, Falerio said, �Everybody spoke their hearts out... When everybody speaks from their hearts, the outcome is always beautiful.�
�I congratulate all the members of the CLP including senior leaders who have also given various suggestions on how to avoid misunderstanding created by somebody,� he said.
He said the meeting decided to come up with a mechanism to ensure that whenever differences arise they are sorted out immediately by discussing with each other.
Asserting that differences are natural in a healthy democracy, he said, �Differences are there among husband and wife, brother and sisters in a family but what is important is that these need to be sorted out.�
Asked what grievances were aired during the meeting, he said, �I don�t think there are serious grievances but yes these are serious misunderstandings.�
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, however, said the party would continue to deliver according to the aspirations and expectations of the people.
The MPCC chief who led the dissident group against Sangma�s leadership, said, �If husband and wife quarrel, it makes the family more solid. We have all sorts of quarrel but we will not burn our own family down. The party will stand united.�
Soon after his arrival here, Falerio, who is in charge of Meghalaya, claimed the party is united in the State and differences among leaders were issues of the past.
Falerio, who arrived here in the wake of reported infighting among party leaders, held a meeting of the Pradesh Congress Committee. �At the end of the meeting, one thing is very clear that this organisation is united and much disciplined,� he told reporters.
Senior leaders led by Lapang and former Chief Minister Salseng C Marak have openly launched a campaign to oust Mukul Sangma. The dissident group had also met the AICC president recently.
Asked about the demand for change in leadership, he said, �Finally, I am not the authority. It is the Congress president who is supreme leader to take the final decision.� � PTI