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Dissident sticks on Lapang’s removal
Correspondent Shillong, Apr 14
Published on 15 Apr. 2010 12:34 AM IST
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As the rebellion within the Congress Legislature Party in Meghalaya refuses to die down, chief minister DD Lapang today met Governor RS Mooshahary and briefed him on the prevailing situation in the state.
Wednesday’s meeting between Lapang and Mooshahary is the second one in last ten days to discuss the political imbroglio in the state.
The meeting also assumed significance after his week-long visit to New Delhi to discuss the political crisis in the state with AICC leaders. At least 15 of the 28 Congress legislators in the 60-member House have demanded for removal of Chief Minister DD Lapang for his poor performance.
The rebel Congress legislators projected Assembly Speaker, Charles Pyngrope as the next leader to replace Lapang. During an hour-long meeting with Mooshahary, the chief minister explored the possibility of a cabinet reshuffling by replacing Independent MLAs – Ismail R Marak and Limison D Sangma, and lone Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement, Paul Lyngdoh with other senior congress legislators, sources close to the Chief Minister said.
Earlier, the dissident legislators faxed a message to congress president Sonia Gandhi and also met Ahmed Patel, the political secretary of congress president Sonia Gandhi on the need to change of leadership in the state congress government.
“We have apprised the AICC on our demand and we are waiting only for the AICC to take a decision,” a rebel congress MLA said.
However, the chief minister said that he left the entire matter with the AICC to decide on their demand. ‘’It is up to the congress high command to decide on the leadership issue and I will abide by the decision of the majority,’’ he said.
Lapang was sworn-in as chief minister for the fifth time on May 13 last after the collapse of the NCP-backed Meghalaya Progressive Alliance government, the support of Independents and the regional parties.
The Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government comprises of 44 – 28 from the congress, nine UDP, two HSPDP, one KHNAM and four Independents, while the opposition bench consists of 15 members and one Independent member in the house of 60 members.

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