On Sunday night, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi met with Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee president Vincent H Pala and Legislature Party leader Mukul Sangma in New Delhi, in a move that is expected to put an end to the state’s stormy political situation.
The conversations were held on at Rahul’s official residence. Mukul and Pala were both closeted when it came to Gandhi. AICC leader KC Venugopal and Manish Chatrath, the party’s Meghalaya in-charge, were also present during the meeting.
The revelation of the names of three-party candidates for the October 30 bypolls in three assembly constituencies in the state signaled a truce between the two sides, although no comment from either side on the agenda or the conclusion of the meeting.
The Congress high command called both major leaders to Delhi to resolve their deepening disputes.
According to AICC sources, the two will meet with Sonia Gandhi on Monday to finalize their agreement.
Mukul is enraged by Pala’s appointment as MPCC president without consulting him prior, as well as some of the latter’s “unilateral” acts shortly after gaining office.
Mukul was on the verge of joining the Trinamool Congress with a group of MLAs and followers and had even convened a conference in Kolkata, but he postponed his decision after the party’s leadership intervened.
Manish Chatrath, the Meghalaya in-charge, insisted that there was no crisis in the state Congress and that all concerns had been resolved.
Charles Pyngrope, a veteran Congressman, expressed hope that the party’s problems can be resolved through conversation and the participation of the party’s national president, Sonia Gandhi.