Members of Nationalist Congress Party have stepped up pressure on party supremo Shard Pawar in sacking Union minister Agatha Sangma. It has been alleged that Agatha, a party MP from Tura Lok Sabha constituency, Meghalaya and Union Minister of State for Rural Development is campaigning extensively for her father, PA Sangma, who is a Presidential Candidate. This is supposedly a deviation from party directives.
“She is violating the coalition dharma…it is unethical. Her action will encourage indiscipline in the party. She should immediately be sacked from party and government,” stated NCP leader Rajeev Jha, taking note of her meeting with tribal leaders in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district, where she is said to have declared it a welcome gesture if tribal MPs and MLAs cast their votes in favour of her father.
“Leaders from BJP, AIADMK and BJD have supported Mr Sangma not only because he is a tribal and represents minority community but because they see him to be somebody who has delivered and has been a very prominent Speaker, an effective union minister and chief minister and somebody they respect,” said Agatha, justifying her father’s receipt of support from BJP, AIADMK and BJD even though he was a candidate of Tribal Forum of India.
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