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AICC assures to look into change of leadership in Meghalaya
Correspondent SHILLONG, APR 1:
Published on 2 Apr. 2010 1:08 AM IST
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The Congress party has assured the rebel Congress legislators from Meghalaya that their demand for a change of leadership will be iron-out in a week’s time.
Over a dozen of the 28 Congress MLAs in the 60-member House had demanded for removal of Chief Minister DD Lapang if he failed to concede to their demand.
The rebel Congress legislators are demanding for sacking of Independents members --- Limison D Sangma, Ismail R Marak and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement member Paul Lyngdoh - from the cabinet and induct senior Congress MLAs who were left out.The dissidents also want the removal of three Congress ministers- Prestone Tynsong, Martin M. Danggo and Ampareen Lyngdoh, the lone woman members in the 60-seat house.
The rebel congress legislators who are campaigning at the party’s headquarters in New Delhi had met Ahmed Patel, the political secretary of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and discussed the need to change the leadership. “He has assured us that our demand for a change of leadership will be look into after Easter,” a rebel Congress legislator on condition of anonymity, said.
He added: the AICC will depute an observer to assess their demand with all the Congress legislators in Shillong. However, Chief Minister DD Lapang said that he has left the entire matter with the AICC to decide on their demand.
“It is upto the Congress High Command to decide on the leadership issue and I will abide by the decision of the majority,” he told reporters here.
He also informed that the State Congress Legislature Party has constituted its “grievance committee” headed by Congress legislator, Ronnie V Lyngdoh to discuss their issues.
Lapang said that the rebel Congress legislators are free to express their views as in a family differences are bound to come.
“We will not burn our house for the sake of the chair”, he stated.
Meanwhile, State Governor RS Mooshahary said that he is keeping an eye on the political development and monitoring the situation.

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