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Sangma exude confidence to complete term in office
Correspondent SHILLONG, APR 15 (NPN):
Published on 16 Apr. 2011 12:19 AM IST
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Amid the growing dissidence within the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) for his ouster, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Friday exuded confidence that he is going to complete his term.
“The coalition government is going strong and there is no doubt about. We are committed to serve the people,” Sangma told journalists, adding that “Sometimes certain things are not said, but we only prove though actions.” Sangma, who is scheduled to complete one year in office April 20 is facing a revolt from 18 of his party’s 28 legislators in the 60-member state assembly.
The rebel Congress legislators, camping in New Delhi, are making all efforts to bring in veteran Congress leader D.D. Lapang as the new Congress legislature party leader, to replace Sangma , a Congress source said.
A Congress minister in the Sangma cabinet said dissidence against the chief minister was gaining momentum. ‘They (rebel legislators) are not happy with the style and functioning of Mukul. He takes unilateral decisions on several projects without consulting others,’ he added.
Evading a direct reply when asked if he proposed to effect a cabinet reshuffle to calm the on-going rebellion, Sangma said, “It is an internal affairs of the party and anything that we discussed remains within the party and we don’t share.”
Sangma is heading the five-party Congress-United Democratic Party (UDP)-led Meghalaya United Alliance coalition government.
The Congress has 28 legislators and has the support of 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.

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