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Lapang briefs Mooshahary on political rumblings
Correspondent/IANS SHILLONG/New Delhi, APR 5:
Published on 6 Apr. 2010 1:24 AM IST
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Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang today briefed Governor RS Mooshahary on the political situation in the State.
At least 15 of the 28 Congress MLAs in the 60-member House had demanded for removal of Chief Minister DD Lapang for his poor perfomance. The rebel Congress legislators projected Assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope as the next leader to replace Lapang. “Lapang briefed the Governor about the political situation in the State and had assured him that the rumblings within the Congress legislature party would be sorted out,” a source closes to the Chief Minister said.
Earlier, the rebel congress legislators had met Ahmed Patel, the political secretary of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and discussed the need to change the leadership.
“We are waiting for the AICC observer to come here and to preside on the CLP meeting to elect a new leader,” a rebel Congress MLA on condition of anyomity said. Patel had earlier assured the rebel MLAs that their demand for a change of leadership will be look into soon after Easter.
Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope denied of taking part in the toppling game. “They ( rebel group) have not approached me directly regarding the change of leadership, but as a Speaker, I am distancing myself as of now.” Pyngrope however said it is upto the party high command to take a final decision on whom they want to select as the next leader. The Chief Minister recently 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,” Lapang said.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister D.D. Lapang has accepted the resignation of Anish Gandhi from the post of advisor following complaints that he had used Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s name to get plum assignments.
“His resignation has been accepted. He is no more holding any post in the government,” Luizinho Faleiro, Congress in-charge of Meghalaya, told IANS.
Anish, 35, an electronics and communications engineer, claimed close proximity to Rahul Gandhi and was appointed advisor to the government on science and technology in August last year and held cabinet rank. Congress sources said the nudge for Anish’s exit came from Rahul Gandhi, who is against his name being used to derive political mileage or gain material benefit.
Anish had earlier taken up assignments in panels and groups connected with the ministries of panchayati raj and rural development.
According to Congress sources, Anish’s removal would serve as a message to anyone using Gandhi’s name to curry favour.
Anish, however, has denied using Rahul Gandhi’s name to get assignments.
A senior Congress leader from Meghalaya told IANS it was their duty to ensure that names of party leaders were not misused.
“They (the party leadership) have made sacrifices. It is our sacred duty to see that their names are not misused,” he said.

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