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Sonia summons Lapang to New Delhi
Correspondent SHILLONG, APR 16:
Published on 17 Apr. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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Beleagured Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang today dashed off to New Delhi to resolve the political crisis arising out of the demand for his removal.
“They (Congress leaders) have asked me to come to New Delhi to discuss the political situation in the State,” he told Nagaland Post.
Lapang’s sudden rushed to the national capital came after Mukul M Sangma, who is a Deputy Chief Minister in Lapang’s Cabinet, has also threw his hat in the ring to succeed Lapang.
Asked if he is in the race to succeed Lapang, Sangma said, it is perogative of the CLP members to elect a leader to lead them.
He however said that the political stalemate must be sorted out at the earliest in the best interest of the State. “We can go on like this, everything has come to a standstill which is not in the best interest of the State,” Sangma said.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi who has been briefed on the political stalemate in Meghalaya had asked Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Friday Lyngdoh, who called on her on Wednesday, to resolve the leadership issue within the Congress Legislature Party (CLP).
According to a senior AICC leader, the CLP meeting is slated for next week after Lapang returned from New Delhi.
The United Democratic Party (UDP), the major ally of the ruling Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance government has decided to extend its support in the event of any change of guards in the State.
“Even if there is a change in leadership in the Congress, there is no question that the UDP is going to break the agreement,” Donkupar Roy, who has been elected as UDP President for second term today, said.
At least 15 of the 28 Congress legislators in the 60-member House have demanded for the removal of Lapang for alleged poor performance.
Earlier, the dissident legislators faxed a message to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and also met Ahmed Patel, the political secretary of Ms Gandhi on the need to change the leadership.
However, Lapang said he had 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 the 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 comprised 44 - 28 from the Congress, nine UDP, two HSPDP, one KHNAM and four Independents, while the Opposition bench has 15 members and one Independent in the 60-member House.

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