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MPA government intact: Roy
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 3:
Published on 4 Mar. 2009 1:20 AM IST
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In the wake of set-back to the ruling NCP-backed Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government, chief minister Dr Donkupar Roy said that his government is intact. “All the partner members of the MPA have assured that they still reposed faith under my leadership,” Dr Roy told reporters after chairing the meeting of the five-party coalition government last night. The Donkupar Roy-led MPA government is supported by NCP (15), United Democratic Party (10), Hill State People’s Democratic Party (2), one each from Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement and BJP and four Independent legislators. Congress, which won the Umroi assembly by-poll has now emerged as the single largest party in the 60-member House, has increased its tally from 25 to 26, and added strength of 27 in the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance. With Monday’s morale-boosting victory, congress is emboldened which may affect they stability of the MPA which have a wafer margin. In fact, Congress requires just four more legislators to tip the balance in their favour but failed to sway any so far. Chief minister said the internal bickering between the MPA legislators, Bindo M Lanong, Sanbor Shullai and Manas Chaudhuri had been amicably resolved during the meeting. “In any family such type of incidents takes place. Normally, all the members would come and sit together to discuss their problems. MPA is like a family and the same process is being followed,” Roy said. On the recent Speaker-Deputy Speaker row, the Chief Minister said both of them had resolved their differences on their own even before the MPA meeting. Speaker Bindo M Lanong had accused his deputy Sanbor Shullai a “habitual criminal”, after the latter alleged him of indulging in corruption for appointing 12 persons as Assembly staff through backdoor without advertising the posts, and not taking his deputy into confidence regarding these appointments. However, Lanong, who also attended the MPA meeting, said it was only lack of communication between him and Shullai.

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