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Meghalaya Governor reluctant to address Assembly
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 13:
Published on 14 Mar. 2009 1:12 AM IST
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In the wake of the ongoing political crisis in Meghalaya, Governor RS Mooshahary today expressed reluctance to deliver the traditional address in the Assembly on March 16. “The governor wanted to know whether it would be appropriate for him to address the House in view of the election’s model code of conduct coming into force and of the fact that a trust vote has been fixed for March 17,” Chief Minister Donkupar Roy said. Mooshahary’s reservations of addressing the House is being viewed by major political observers as a major set-back for the beleagured NCP-backed Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government. The political turmoil afflicting the Donkupar Roy-led ministry has further intensified by the reported disappearance of Deputy Speaker and NCP legislator Sanbor Shullai, who has feigned sickness. “I am sick. Please don’t disturb me,” Shullai, who until the other day was hale and hearty, said over the phone from Guwahati in the neighbouring state of Assam. MPA sources, however, attributed the disappearance of Shullai to Assam Health Minister and Congress leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is alleged to have lured the NCP legislator to Guwahati. If Shullai remains “sick” there is every likelihood that he will not be able to take part in the crucial show strength on March 17. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Dr Donkupar Roy is still withholding acceptance of the resignation letters of Urban Affairs Minister and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) supremo Paul Lyngdoh and Health Minister and Hills State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) MLA Dr Adviser Pariong. “Being my close confidant, I am still very hopeful that Paul would relent and withdraw his resignation letter,” he said, adding that Health Minister’s letter speaks only of his resignation from the cabinet.

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