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MPA set to return to power
Correspondent SHILLONG, APR 25:
Published on 26 Apr. 2009 12:55 AM IST
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Former Chief Minister and United Democratic Party (UDP) leader JD Rymbai today exuded confidence that the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) would return to the seat of power as it enjoyed majority in the state Assembly, which is placed under suspended animation. The MPA, a non-Congress alliance has 28 MLAs in a House with an effective strength of 55 legislators, including Assembly Speaker Bindo M Lanong, while the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance has 27 legislators. “We are confident to return to power as we got the numbers,” Rymbai said, adding that the alliance was scheduled to meet on April 29 to discuss the ongoing political deadlock and the return of Nimarson Momin to the UDP fold. He said the MPA would decide in the meeting to fix the date to stake claim for the installation of a popular government. Momin who quit the Assembly on April 3 withdrew his resignation letter yesterday after dismissed Chief Minister and MPA leader Donkupar Roy quit as leader of the UDP’s legislature party and paved way for Rymbai, a former Congress Chief Minister-turned UDP legislator, owning moral responsibility for his failure to keep the UDP legislators intact. Ampareen Lyngdoh, the former UDP MLA, however, is yet to take a final decision whether to withdraw her resignation letter. Momin and Lyngdoh quit the state Assembly, saying that they had lost complete trust and faith in the leadership (Dr Donkupar Roy) of the party. Assembly Speaker Bindo M Lanong has shot off a letter to Lyngdoh asking her to attend a hearing at his office on Monday, before he could take a final decision on accepting their resignations and officially intimating her resignation from the Assembly to the Election Commission. Recently, Lyngdoh told reporters that she ‘’belonged to the UDP’’ and that she would be happy to go back to the party, provided arrangements were made for ushering in political stability in the state. President’s Rule was clamped in the state on March 19 after Governor RS Mooshahary recommended dismissal of the year-old Donkupar Roy-led ministry in the wake of controversial suspension of voting rights of five legislators, who allegedly joined the Congress to topple the NCP-United Democratic Party-led government. Four of the five legislators - Deputy Speaker and NCP legislator Sanbor Shullai, Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement member Paul Lyngdoh and two Independent legislators – Ismail R Marak and Limison D Sangma were disqualified on April 8 for violating the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution. The Shillong Bench of Gauhati High Court, however, has served a notice to Lanong, asking him why his disqualification orders against the four legislators should not be quashed.

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