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Sangma threatens stir; Mooshahary in Delhi
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 21:
Published on 22 Mar. 2009 12:48 AM IST
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Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader P. A. Sangma, also the chief architect of the MPA on Saturday threatened to go on a fast unto death till President’s rule was not revoked in Meghalaya. “If President’s Rule is not revoked (by Tuesday), the MPA leaders would go on a fast unto death to force the President to revoke her proclamation,” Sangma said over the phone from Delhi. Earlier, Sangma met Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, L K Advani and CPI (M) general secretary, Prakash Karat to get their support against what he described “unconstitutional” imposition of the President’s rule even after the MPA had won trust vote. Meanwhile, Meghalaya Governor, RS Mooshahary Saturday dashed off to New Delhi after the imposition of President’s Rule under the Article 356 of the constitution in the state. Meghalaya has been brought under President’s Rule and the state assembly put under suspended animation on March 19 on the recommendation of Mooshahary, who cited “constitutional machinery” breakdown in the state. The governor had recommended imposition of President’s rule, even though the NCP-backed Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) coalition government survived the floor test. Raj Bhavan sources said the governor was scheduled to meet President Pratibha Patil Devisingh during his three-day to Delhi. “He will brief the President on the prevailing situation in the state arising out of the imposition of the President’s Rule in the state,” a Raj Bhavan official said. Mooshahary has also sought appointment with Union Ministers including Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Defence Minister AK Antony. MLA returns to MPA Meanwhile, Hill State People’s Democratic Party MLA, Dr Adviser Pariong has urged Assembly Speaker to revoke his interim suspension from the House stating that he failed to attend the trust vote as he had gone to New Delhi for some personal matter. In separate letters addressed to the Speaker and HSPDP supremo HS Lyngdoh, Dr Pariong said “I tried to rush back to Shillong but could not make it. “Under such circumstances, I humbly request the Speaker to lift the order on my suspension and also to withdraw the show-cause notice issued to me.” He also clarified that he resigned from the MPA Cabinet under “compelling circumstances.” “Though I resigned from the Cabinet, I continue to be a member of HSPDP as I have not left the party,” the HSPDP MLA stated.

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