Four-time Meghalaya Chief Minister and senior Congress leader DD Lapang has tendered his resignation to party President Rahul Gandhi, citing 'senior problems' in the party during his reign. Lapang, who has been associated with the party since the past four decades, dedicated a letter to the senior-most leaders of the Congress party, including, Rahul and Sonia Gandhi as well as the AICC secretary Vijay Laxmi Sadho.
In the first part of his resignation letter, Lapang praised his party and penned down his time with them. "I am glad that I have the privilege to be in the Congress for the last four decades as an eminent member of the Indian National Congress. During these years, I worked devotedly, leaving no stone unturned while performing my service for the Party. As a true and discipline Congress man and always cooperates with the AICC even to the extend of accepted sacrifices for the sake of unity and strength of the party. In my mind, I have always been thinking that I should be with Congress for all times to come," his message read.
In the letter, the veteran politician expressed the reason behind his departure, stating, "But lately, the AICC has been embarking upon a policy of phasing senior and elderly people. In my opinion it means that their service and a contribution of the senior and elderly people is no longer useful to the party. Since the spirit and enthusiasm to work for the people is still burning inside me, the restriction made me frustrated and compelled me to be no longer comfortable to be in the party. With my present age and health condition, I have decided to continue to serve the country, my state and its people in the same manner wherever I am.
"Therefore, reluctantly and with heavy heart, I would like to discontinue my dedication towards the Congress party and I tender my resignation with immediate effect. Kindly consider this as my official resignation letter."
Lapang served as the CM of Meghalaya on four different occasions, though, he never completed a full term. He first took oath in February 1992, but his stint ended just one year after. He then enjoyed a better second term, completing three years in the office when he became the CM in 2003 before problems in the coalition government started to arise.
His final two terms as CM saw him hold the post for just one year or less. In March 2007, he started his third term as CM of the state, before stepping down in March 2008, having only 28 seats in the assembly. And after becoming the head for an astonishing fourth time in May 2009, he had to let go off his post in April 2010, failing to complete even 12 months.