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Congress ruin MPA''s plan
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 20:
Published on 21 Mar. 2009 1:05 AM IST
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The dismissed Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) coalition has lashed out at the Congress for creating political turmoil and thereby retarding economic development in the state. MPA had plans to celebrate its one year in the government and worked out a slew of programmes to be initiated but the Opposition Congress poured cold water on it. ''We had plans to celebrate our one year in government, but it is unfortunate that the Congress denied us(the opportunity) by imposing President’s Rule,'' ousted Chief Minister Donkupar Roy said. MPA had prepared a list of its achievements, but, he said, the government could not highlight its achievements due to the election model code of conduct.Congress, however, maintained that the MPA had failed in all directions to further improve development projects. Congress Legislature Party leader DD Lapang attributed the downfall of the NCP-backed government to lack of control and management of the coalition partners. ''They (MPA) have ruled for 12 month and they have shown their true colours in the eyes of the public,''Lapang said, adding the MPA`s 'greed for power' led to the imposition of President’s Rule. Though, the Congress denied any role in it, political observers felt that the party went on the offensive to dislodge the Donkupar Roy-led Ministry ever since it wrested the Umroi Assembly by-polls from the United Democratic Party. The Congress’s desperation to oust the MPA was understandale for a party which had emerged as the single largest block with 26 members in the 60-member House and sitting in the Opposition benches. The political turmoil in the state erupted on March 9 when two Independent MLAs--Ismail R Marak and Limison D Sangma—withdrew their support to the MPA and defected to the Congress. What shocked the MPA more was the defection of sole Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement MLA Paul Lyngdoh, who was a close-confidant of Dr. Roy. Health Minister and Hills State People’s Democratic Party MLA Dr. Adviser Pariong and Deputy Speaker and NCP legislator Sanbor Shullai were also among the five legislators, believed to have defected to the Congress. On March 17, the MPA scrapped through a vote of confidence in the House by securing 28 votes, including that of Speaker Bindo M Lanong, against the Opposition's 27. The Speaker had suspended the voting rights of all the five 'erring MLAs' for violating provisions of the 10th schedule of the Constitution. Despite winning the trust-vote by a wafer majority, the MPA government was dismissed after Governor R S Mooshahary recommended to the Centre to invoke President’s Rule under the article 356 of the Constitution, saying there was a breakdown of ''constitutional machinery''. Mooshahary defended his decision of dismissing the year-old government saying it was his constitutional obligations to ensure that the authorities functioned as per the provisions of the Constitution.

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