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M’laya house reduced to 54:MUA claims majority
Correspondent: SHILLONG, APR 9:
Published on 10 Apr. 2009 1:47 AM IST
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In the wake of the disqualification of four legislators in Meghalaya, the Congress Legislature Party leader DD Lapang today said that Governor RS Mooshahary will still invite the Meghalaya United Alliance to form a government. “The governor has recommended to the Centre to revoke Article 356 in the state realising that we have the majority to form a stable government,” Lapang told reporters here. Though the MPA and MUA are tied with 27 members, Lapang said the MUA enjoys majority with 27 members on the floor of the House, while MPA has 26, excluding the Speaker. Even if the if the governor invites the Congress-led MUA to form the government, the CLP leader claimed that there is no legal implications in the government as the High Court had restored the voting rights of the of the four legislators, who were disqualified late last night by Assembly Speaker Bindo M Lanong. “The disqualification was a clear case of violation of the provisions of the law. He (Lanong) had flouted the constitution despite the High and Supreme Court had stayed his interim suspension order and restored the voting rights,” Lapang said. Stating that the Congress MUA will not accept the verdict of the Speaker since it was “highly illegal” and “unconstitutional”, Lapang maintained that the MUA continues to have requisite number of 31, while the MPA has been reduced 27 following the resignation of two United Democratic Party MLAs – Ampareen Lyngdoh and Nimarson Momin.

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