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Governor defends PR in Meghalaya
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 19:
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Published on 20 Mar. 2009 1:36 AM IST
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Governor RS Mooshahary, who took over the administrative role in Meghalaya after the imposition of President’s Rule, defended his recommendations to the Centre, saying that there was a breakdown of “constitutional machinery”. The MPA secured 28 votes, while the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance managed to secure only 27. Five legislators, including Deputy Speaker and NCP MLA Sanbor Shullai, were suspended and not allowed to vote in the trial of strength. Asked to clarify how he determined that there was a break down of the constitutional machinery, even when the government had won the vote of confidence, the governor said, “Constitutional break down means that the Constitution has not been allowed to function properly, but it does not mean that there is a break down of law and order in the state.” Brushing aside the MPA’s claim that the Governor cannot interfere with the functioning of the Assembly Speaker, Mooshahary said that the constitution allowed the Governor to send such message under article 72 clause (2) of the constitution which has to be considered by the assembly. Brushing aside the MPA’s claim that the Governor cannot interfere with the functioning of the Assembly Speaker, Mooshahary said that the constitution allowed the Governor to send such message under article 72 clause (2) of the constitution which has to be considered by the assembly. “I had sent the ‘message’ to the Assembly speaker with an intention to stop the political turmoil in the Assembly,” he clarified, even as he made it clear that the Assembly Speaker was supreme in the house but sending such message was not to interfere but to protect the dignity and rights of all the members of the House. Mooshahary said that he would certainly invite any political party or combination of political parties to form the next government if it claims that it has majority in the 60-member House Assembly.

 
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