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“Erring” Ind MLAs should be disqualified: Sangma
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 11:
Published on 12 Mar. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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Former Lok Sabha speaker and NCP leader Purno A Sangma on Wednesday said that the two Independent legislators, Ismail R Marak and Limison D Sangma who had defected to the Congress in Meghalaya should be disqualified according to the anti-defection Act. “I personally feel those responsible for this destabilization in Meghalaya politics should be disqualified,” Sangma, the chief architect of the ruling Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) coalition government said. He said that he is already seeking the opinions of the constitutional expert, the former Secretary General of the Lok Sabha Subash Kayshap. “They (independents) had come with the intention to stabilize the government. By defecting to the Congress they were going against the Spirit of the anti-defection law which was enacted to prevent instability,” Sangma said. With the resignation of Urban Affairs Minister and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) MLA, Paul Lyngdoh and the two Independent legislators, the MPA has been reduced to 29 legislators, excluding the Speaker Bindo M Lanong, in a 60-member House. The opposition Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance has 30 and the MPA 29 legislators –minus the Speaker- in a 60-member House. Even as it was reduced to a minority government, the MPA is working overtime to save the 346-days-old government by pleading with the Speaker for the disqualification of the Independent legislators. In order to prevent the Congress from toppling the MPA government, the ruling coalition partners had petition the Speaker to disqualify the two “erring” Independent legislators who had jumped fence to the Congress. A visibly upset Chief Minister Donkupar Roy said that the fate of the two independent legislators would be decided on the floor of the House, which has been convened to meet from March 16, next. “Unlike, the time when the government was first formed it was not necessary for the ruling side or for the Congress to parade the strength before the governor at Raj Bhawan,” Roy said. He, however, informed that so far he hasn’t met the governor. “I shall be meeting him tomorrow to brief him about the ongoing political developments,” he asserted. Lanong, who went into a huddled with the Chief Minister this morning on the prevailing political development involving the two independents and the urban affairs minister, told reporters that he would examine the MPA petitions and act accordingly. An upbeat Congress legislator Charles Pyngrope however said that there were not basis for the Speaker to disqualify the two independent legislators. He said that from the side of the Congress they would move a no-confidence to impeach the Speaker. Meanwhile, to save its year-old minority government, Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government on Wednesday pleaded assembly speaker Bindo M Lanong to disqualify the two Independent legislators, Ismail R Marak and Limison D Sangma who had defected to the Congress on Monday.

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