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M’laya Speaker to request MLAs to withdraw resignation
Published on 20 Apr. 2009 1:08 AM IST
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In the wake of political deadlock, Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Bindo M Lanong is likely to request two legislators - Nimarson Momin and Ampareen Lyngdoh, who had quit from the 60-member House, to withdraw their resignations. Lanong has invited both the legislators to attend a ‘’diplomatic meeting’’, scheduled to be held at his office chamber tomorrow, wherein he would request them to withdraw their resignation, according to UNI. When contacted today, Lyngdoh, however, said that she was not aware of the agenda of the meeting called by the Speaker, adding that she would attend the meeting. Lyngdoh, a known loyalist of former Chief Minister Dr Donkupar Roy and the president of the United Democratic Party, quit the Assembly on April 1, saying she had lost trust and faith on the leadership of her party. Momin, however, said he would not be able to make it to the meeting with the Speaker as he was accompanying his wife for a medical check-up to Chennai.‘’I would meet the Speaker when I come back from Chennai,’’ Momin said. With the resignation of the two United Democratic Party (UDP) legislators - Ampareen Lyngdoh and Nimarson Momin - from the Assembly, the party strength has been reduced to eight legislators, while the MPA has been reduced to 27, including Assembly Speaker Bindo M Lanong. The Opposition, Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance, also has 27, including one Independent MLA, A T Mondal, following the disqualification of four members - Deputy Speaker Sanbor Shullai (NCP), Paul Lyngdoh of Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement and two Independent legislators - Ismail R Marak and Limison D Sangma - for violating the Anti-defection Act.

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