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Faliero slams MPA
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Published on 2 May. 2009 12:57 AM IST
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Castigating the dismissed Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) for staking claim to form the government, the Congress Party Friday said that the MPA has no right to avail political clemency. “As per the tenets of democracy, political dignity, constitutional ethics and morality, it is not proper for the MPA to stake its claim once again for government formation,” AICC general secretary in-charge North East Luizinho Faleiro said Amused by MPA’s efforts to prevent the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) from forming the government, the AICC envoy said that it was for the first time in political history of independent India that a political party or a combination thereof which was the root cause of imposition of Article 356 of the Constitution, was seeking political clemency to form a government again. Faleiro was reacting to the MPA’s staking claim to form a new government yesterday with 27 members, excluding Assembly Speaker Bindo M Lanong in a house with an effective strength of 55. The Congress-led MUA has 27 while Ampreen Lyngdoh of the UDP resigned and joined the Congress. He also exuded confidence that the MUA would be in the position to form a stable government in the event of revocation of President’s Rule imposed since March, 19. He, however, said that the MUA has full faith in the judiciary. In a scathing attack against the Assembly Speaker, for disqualifying four MLAs , the AICC envoy said, “the Tenth schedule of the constitution cannot be used and misused to manipulate the numbers for its survival. The MPA is not a political party, but an alliance where Independent MLAs can shift their support to other alliance.” He, however, said if MPA was a political party, then disqualification would have also been made on Independent MLAs and others right from the day they joined the alliance.

 
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