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Lapang admits rebellion in Cong
Correspondent Shillong, Mar 13
Published on 14 Mar. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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Admitting pressure is mounting from Congress legislators to accommodate them in the cabinet; Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang today said that he would act to their demands only if he was guided by his party (congress) high Command. “If there is a direction from the high command I would have to abide by it,” Lapang said, amid media reports claiming that at least half a dozen of Congress MLAs are camping in new Delhi demanding for reshuffle in the ministry. Speculations is rife that non-Congress ministers-Paul Lyngdoh of Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement and two Independents-Limison Sangma and Ismail R Marak are likely to be replace with senior Congress MLAs -Rowell Lyngdoh and Frankenstein W Momin and Augustine D Marak. In the 12-member council of ministers, only six out of 28 Congress legislators are ministers and the remaining berths have been allotted to two UDP and one KHNAM, the two coalition allies, and three Independent legislators. Downplaying the growing dissidents in the Congress, Lapang said that he has no knowledge about the rebellion. “The fact is, not only from Congress but all MLAs aspired to be a minister but we should understand that Cabinet is not a forum for dropping or inducting of a minister,” Lapang said. He, however, said that he would listen if the majority demands for a change in the Cabinet. “It depends on how big the voice is. If they (Congress MLAs) have gone to Delhi, I may be guided by the views of the High Command.” Though, at present there has been no word from the High Command to accommodate Congress MLAs. In the present 60-member legislature, the Congress has 28 legislators and has the support of 10 UDP members, five Independents and one KHNAM legislators. The NCP, the main opposition, has 15 legislators.

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