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Staff Reporter Dimapur, Dec 30(NPN):
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Published on 31 Dec. 2009 12:50 AM IST
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Efforts to have all Congress legislators sign on a petition to the party high command for recommending the induction of a senior Congress leader into the union cabinet got stuck as only thirteen out of the 19 MLAs have signed. Party sources said the remaining four had not signed as it was felt that such a petition at this juncture has little weight considering the fact that the party has failed to send an MP to either the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha. Furthermore, it was also maintained that the UPA ministry is full already with 79 ministers. According to the sources, the party high command was not in a position to induct any more into the ministry at this stage. Meghalaya has cent percent representation as two of its MPs have been inducted into the UPA ministry as ministers of state. The Constitution allows a maximum of 79 Ministers working out to ten per cent of the combined strength of 793 Members of Parliament including 543 of the Lok Sabha and 250 of Rajya Sabha. Meanwhile, the signature campaign for change of CLP leader appears to have been kept in abeyance for the moment as no further development has taken place despite the recent visit of the party’s AICC in-charge and union minister of state Narayanasamy.

 
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