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M’laya’s CM denies threat to government
Correspondent SHILLONG, APR 14 (NPN):
Published on 14 Apr. 2011 11:31 PM IST
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Though there is an imminent possibility of change of guard in Meghalaya, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Thursday refused to acknowledge any danger to his 11-month old government.
Well the direction of the high command to me is that I should focus on developmental work on the best interest of the state and carry the state forward, Sangma said.
Asked on the growing demand for his removal, the Chief Minister, who had returned from New Delhi Thursday evening said, Whatever inputs I have received from all my sources I have briefed the high command.
Unless somebody (rebel Congress legislators) tells you, I wont be able to response to you, he said, when asked what could be the reason for the demand of his removal. At least 18 of the 28 rebel Congress legislators in the 60-member state assembly have projected D.D. Lapang as their new Congress legislature party leader and a possible successor to Sangma. Lapang, a veteran Congress legislator, resigned as chief minister April 20, 2010 after 21 of the 28 Congress legislators proposed Sangmas name as the new Congress legislature party leader.
A Congress minister in the Sangma cabinet said dissidence against the chief minister was gaining momentum. When asked if he still enjoys the majority, Sangma who avoids direct reply said, these are internal party matters and we don’t share with others, if anybody is sharing is wrong, but you have to find out things are happening.
Earlier, Meghalaya Congress chief Friday Lyngdoh admitted Thursday that there is a growing demand from some party legislators for removing Chief Minister Mukul Sangma. Some of them (Congress legislators) did inform me about their demand for a change of leadership, but officially they have not submitted any petition to me, Lyngdoh told said.
The Sangma-led Congress government in the state is scheduled to complete one year in office April 20.
He said that the partys central leaders in New Delhi were aware of the political development within the Congress legislature party in Meghalaya.
The AICC (All India Congress Committee) is taking care of this&decision will be taken on what is best for the party, he said.
I still have faith in Sangma, said Lyngdoh.
Political instability appears to have become a permanent feature in Meghalaya, which has seen four governments since the March 2008 assembly elections.
Sangma was sworn in as chief minister of a Congress-led coalition government April 20, 2010, after 21 of the 28 Congress legislators proposed him as the new Congress legislature party leader. The Congress enjoys the support of UDP (9 members), HSPDP (2), KHNAM (1) and four independent members. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the main opposition in the state, has 15 members.
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.

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