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Lapang heads to Delhi
Correspondent SHILLONG, APR 6
Published on 7 Apr. 2010 12:04 AM IST
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Meghalaya chief minister D. D. Lapang left for New Delhi Tuesday amid growing demand among the Congress legislators for his removal from the post.
At least 15 of the 28 Congress MLAs in the 60-member House had demanded removal of Lapang citing poor performance.
The rebel Congress legislators projected Assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope as the next leader to replace Lapang.
“I will be meeting AICC leaders and brief them on the political situation in the state,” the chief minister said.
“It is upto the Congress High Command to decide on the leadership issue. I will abide by the decision of the majority,’’ he added.
On Monday, Lapang met Meghalaya Governor R. S. Mooshahary and discussed the political hiccups arising out of the ‘inner squabblings’ within the Congress Legislature Party.
A week ago 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 over the CLP meeting to elect a new leader,” a rebel Congress MLA said.
Patel had earlier assured the rebel MLAs that their demand for a change of leadership would be looked into after Easter.
The Speaker denied 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 said.
He, however, said it was up to the party high command to take a final decision on whom they wanted to select as the next leader.

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