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Cong still faces defection danger

NEW DELHI: The Congress may bask in the joy of defeating Martin M Danggo in Ranikor but the possibility of its prominent leaders quitting the party still remains.
Former chief minister and CLP leader Mukul Sangma had admitted that five to six Congress MLAs were in touch with the ruling NPP.
But sources said the defeat of Danggo might delay defection and not stop it as the party was not showing any sign of a comeback.
“The party is still dogged with all pervasive passivity about which the AICC is well aware and taking remedial action,” they added.
The Congress leaders who are sitting on the fence are lured by the victory and subsequent position of some of their “wise” friends before the polls.
They give examples of Prestone Tynsong who has become Deputy Chief Minister, Dhar family and a host of others now in the ruling coalition. “Till there is a change of government at the Centre that can be possible only in 2019, the MDA government will manage its show. But even then some Congress leaders are not sure of that and also do not have patience to wait that long,” the sources said.
The AICC has reaslised that the Congress lost Meghalaya for its internal squabble and it does not want a repeat of this in the Lok Sabha polls and other elections likely in future, they added.

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