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2 MLAs withdraw support to MPA
Correspondent Shillong, Mar 9:
Published on 10 Mar. 2009 12:49 AM IST
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In a new development, two Independent legislators Limison Sangma and Ismail R Marak on Monday withdrew support to the NCP-United Democratic Party (UDP)-led Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) coalition government, reducing THE strength of the MPA government to 31 in the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly. The two Independent legislators withdrew support to the MPA government to join the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA). However, Chief Minister Donkupar Roy said the MPA government was “intact’. Following withdrawal of support to the government by the two Independent legislators, Roy called an emergency meeting of the MPA legislators at his office chamber. “My government is still in a majority with 31 legislators and there is no threat to the MPA government,” Roy said. Limison joined the MPA only a few days ago and made a parliamentary secretary by Roy immeditely. He was with the MUA for almost a year before deciding to join the MPA camp. Ismail Marak said that he along with Limison submitted their letter of withdrawal of support to the office of the Chief Minister and Assembly speaker Bindo M Lanong on Monday morning. While Roy said he had been verbally informed of the withdrawal of support by the two independent MLAs. Ismail Marak said he had decided to withdraw support to the MPA government as there had been “no development of his constituency” for the last one year. However, it was learnt that both the legislators had decided to withdrawn support to the MPA as the Chief Minister failed to keep his commitment of inducting them as ministers in his government. With 29 legislators in its fold, the Congress now needs two more legislators to topple the MPA government. There are two more Independent legislators – Education Minister Manas Chaudhuri and Mining and Geology Minister Donkupar Massar- who are supporting the MPA government. The Congress may now try to woo these two Independent legislators and smaller parties who are supporting the MPA government like Hills State People Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM).

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