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Celestine Lyngdoh new Meghalaya PCC president

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

today became the new Pradesh Committee of Meghalaya, where assembly polls are due this year.

Lyngdoh, who was appointed to the post on December 30 last year, took up the office a day after five MLAs resigned from the assembly.

He replaced veteran and former chief minister D D Lapang.

Downplaying the desertion by the Congress MLAs, Lyngdoh said We have to join hands together. The next (in the state) will be the Congress "

He said the values of the Congress are respect for the culture and every group and to bring in prosperity and assured that the new PCC team would not change them.

The newly appointed working of the Congress, said the "winnability factor" of the aspiring candidates was a criteria for distributing tickets in the assembly poll.

He claimed that opposition parties like the BJP, and the Peoples were divided to the advantage of Congress.

exuded confidence that the Congress would win in 38 out of the 60 seats in the state, eight seats more than in 2013 assembly elections for which the party would have to stay united.

Lapang admitted to internal differences in the party but it remained united.

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First Published: Fri, January 05 2018. 20:00 IST