Political turmoil in Meghalaya

A political uncertainty is being observed in Meghalaya with 18 MLAs demanding now ouster of Mukul Sangma as Chief Minister to be replaced by D D Lapang. Mukul Sangma is now in New Delhi after he was summoned by Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi. Dissidents MLAs have called for a CLP meeting.

It may be recalled that, Mukul Sangma ad become CM of Meghalaya after replacing D D Lapang on 20 April 2010.

AICC secretary, in-charge Meghalaya, Dhaniram Shandil and the State party president, Friday Lyngdoh are seen to be in favour of Sangma’s continuation as the CLP leader. Former Chief Minister DD Lapang rejected Shandil and Lyngdoh’s assertions and are continuing with their demand for a CLP meeting.

Lapang also faxed a message to Sonia Gandhi recently requesting her to prevail upon the Chief Minister to hold the CLP meeting.

In fact, Lyngdoh has openly spoken out against Sangma for the first time. All along he stayed away from the political crisis, saying he did not wish to get dragged into it. Apart from Lyngdoh other Cabinet Ministers who have openly voiced their dissent are Community and Rural Development minister, Frankenstein Momin and Food and Civil Supplies minister, Augustine D Marak.

Other Congress Cabinet ministers are not saying anything officially, but Public Health Engineering minister, Prestone Tyngsong has stayed away from a programme that included the Chief Minister. Similarly, few other Congress Ministers are expressing their covert dissident against Sangma.

The 18 dissidents out of the 28 Congress legislators in the 60-member House are demanding Sangma’s ouster saying he works in an autocratic fashion taking unilateral decisions. They now want to replace him with Lapang.

Source : Assam Tribune

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