In a major blow to the Congress in Meghalaya, four-time Chief Minister Donwa Dethwelson Lapang resigned from the party.In his resignation letter to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday night, Mr. Lapang said he was resigning “reluctantly and with a heavy heart”.The former Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief accused the All India Congress Committee (AICC) of embarking upon a policy of phasing out senior and elderly people.“In my opinion it means that service and contribution of senior and elderly people is no longer useful to the party,” he said in the letter, copies of which were made available to the media.Mr. Lapang said, “This restriction made me frustrated and compelled me to be no longer comfortable in the party.”Mr. Lapang first became Chief Minister in 1992. He was again sworn in as Chief Minister in 2003, 2007 and 2009.AICC general secretary in charge of Meghalaya Luizinho Faleirio said he had not met Mr. Lapang in the last three years. Mr. Faleirio said he did not meet Mr. Lapang during his recent visit to Shillong for revamping the activities of the party.Mr. Lapang, after demitting the office of party chief last year, continued to hold the position of an adviser to the party.MPCC president Celestine Lyngdoh expressed surprise over Mr. Lapang’s decision to quit the party. “We’ll try and find out and, if possible, sort out things at the earliest,” he said.
Indian weightlifting is synonymous with doping controversies. The medals at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) may have camouflaged the malaise but once the competitions begin here on Saturday, India will find it tough.It is no secret that Indian lifters have shamed the country time and again because of failed dope tests. Had they not gone with a begging bowl to the CWG Organising Committee, the Indian federation may not have been able to pay the fines and the competed in New Delhi.As the Chinese lifters and the other Asian heavyweights launch their assault on the barbells, it would be worth taking a look at some of the Indian who will be on view. National coach Harnam Singh says he expects a good show from the Indians, but that is a statement which seems to be laced more with emotion than hope.Sydney Olympics bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari told Mail Today: “In the Commonwealth Games, the competition was easier. It will be much tougher in the Asian Games. The standard of Indian lifters has gone down and the women weightlifters will find it tough.”In the 48 kg class, Sonia Chanu won silver at the CWG with a 167kg effort. In the Asiad, that will only fetch a fourth or fifth position and gold could be in the region of 200-205kg. Monika Devi won a bronze with 216kg at the CWG. In Guangzhou, the gold will probably be decided in the 255-260kg bracket.