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Sangma under scanner
Correspondent SHILLONG, APR 6:
Published on 7 Apr. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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Suspended NCP legislator Sanbor Shullai, who is also the Deputy Speaker of Meghalaya Assembly on Monday sought the disqualification of his legislature party leader Purno A Sangma under the Tenth schedule of the constitution. Shullai’s complaints against the former Lok Sabha Speaker, who is now a member of the state Assembly assumed significance in the wake of the ongoing disqualification proceedings against him for joining the opposition Congress. The complaint against the NCP stalwart was lodged with the Assembly Speaker Bindo M Lanong hours after Shullai’s lawyer Devajit Saikia submitted his (Shullai) reply to the show-cause issued by the Speaker for his alleged violation of the anti-defection Act. Shullai claimed that the NCP stalwart had indulged himself in anti-party activities and participating in Congress meeting at New Delhi and engineered defection amongst the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) members to make it a minority government. “His hobnobbing with the Congress is against party’s ethics and objectives and from his action about his unauthorised meeting with senior Congress leaders, including PR Kyndiah at Delhi undoubtedly amounts to voluntarily giving up his membership of NCP and joining Indian National Congress party thereby incurs disqualification,” the controversial NCP legislator asserted. Further Shullai claimed that NCP MLAs including Sangma’s son Conrad K Sangma, who is also an MLA had informed him that the NCP leader ( Sangma) had met Union Tribal Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah and other Congress leaders to sabotage the MPA coalition and to form the NCP-Congress government in Meghalaya. “Sangma has been seen on various occasions hobnobbing with leaders and MLAs of Congress party and has also been relentlessly trying to damage the MPA coalition in order to fulfill his dream of becoming Chief Minister in a Congress government in Meghalaya,” he claimed. Last month, Assembly Speaker placed five legislators including Shullai under interim suspension for violating the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.

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