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No change of leadership in Meghalaya: Faleiro
Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 17:
Published on 18 Jan. 2011 12:12 AM IST
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Ruling out change of leadership in Meghalaya, the Congress party Monday asked Congress legislators to perform rather than demanding for removing Mukul Sangma as Chief Minister.
At least, 19 of the 28 Congress legislators had begun lobbying against Sangma’s removal for his alleged lack of transparency under his leadership.
A Congress minister in the Mukul Sangma’s cabinet admitted that dissidence against the Chief minister is brewing up within the Congress Legislature Party (CLP).
“They (dissidents) are not happy with the style and functioning of Mukul. He (Mukul) comes to office very late and takes unilateral decisions on several projects without consulting others,” the minister said strictly on condition of anonymity.
The dissidents are projecting Sangma’s predecessor D.D Lapang as their new CLP leader.
However, Congress General Secretary in-charge Meghalaya Luizinho Faleiro, denied of any rebellion within the CLP.
“Where are the dissidents? I don’t think so they (Congress legislators) have anymore time to change the leader. Instead, they should start performing or else they will perish (loose) in the Assembly elections,” Faleiro said.
The former Goa Chief Minister turned- Congress General Secretary is scheduled to visit Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya, this weekend to oversee the implementation of the UPA’s government flagship schemes in the state.
Earlier, Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Friday Lyngdoh had warned disciplinary action against those legislators going against the party.
“Some people have personal interests. Even God cannot satisfy these people,” Lyngdoh said, adding “Mukul will complete the remaining term and the question of change of leadership does not arise.”
In the recent CLP meeting, he said the Congress legislators resolved that they would stand united under Mukul’s leadership.
Political instability appears to have become a permanent feature in Meghalaya, which has seen four governments since the March 2008 election.
Meghalaya has seen nine governments with varied combinations, resulting in eight chief ministers, between 1998 and 2009. Since Meghalaya attained statehood in 1972, only two Chief Ministers have completed their five-year terms.
In the 60-member legislature, the Congress has 28 legislators and has the support of 10 UDP members, five independents and one KHNAM legislator. The main opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has 15 members.

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