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Mukul Sangma inducts eight more ministers
Correspondent SHILLONG, APR 24
Published on 24 Apr. 2010 11:44 PM IST
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Chief minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma Saturday expanded his four--day-old ministry with the induction of eight Congress legislators as cabinet ministers.
Mukul is leading a five-party Congress-United Democratic Party coalition government.
Five of the 16 rebel Congress legislators --- Rowell Lyngdoh, H.D.R. Lyngdoh, Frankenstein W. Momin, Augustine D. Marak and Founder Strong Cajee --- who brought down the DD Lapang ministry were sworn in. Rowell Lyngdoh, was sworn in as deputy chief minister. Only three of the four former Congress ministers --- Prestone Tynsong, Prof RC Laloo and M Ampareen Lyngdoh, the lone woman legislator, in the ousted DD Lapang’s cabinet retained their cabinet berths.
Governor RS Mooshahary administered the oath of office and secrecy to the eight ministers.
Four ministers in the ousted DD Lapang ministry--Martin M Danggo of Congress, Paul Lyngdoh of Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement and Independents Limison D Sangma and Ismail R Marak--were left out.
On April 20, Mukul was sworn in along with three others--Bindo M Lanong, JA Lyngdoh (both from the United Democratic Party) and Independent MLA AT Mondal a day after Lapang put in his papers to the Governor.
The Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government comprises 44 legislators--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.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma Saturday said the stability of his government depends on good governance. “Development and stability go hand-in-hand. We will ensure that stability will be provided through good governance,” Sangma told journalists after the expansion of his ministry.
Instability of government, he said, arises only if the performance of the government is not up to the mark. “Stability will be a far cry if the government does not put up a good performance,” Mukul stated.
He, however, expressed optimism that his government would perform upto the optimum for the interest of the state.
On the non-inclusion of lone Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement member Paul Lyngdoh, who was instrumental in toppling the NCP-led government and bringing the Congress to power last year, the Chief Minister said, “The potential services of everybody will be utilised in a proper manner upto the optimum.”
“17 legislators who would take oath as parliamentary secretaries next Tuesday will be allowed to deliver at the optimum,” he informed.

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