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UDP not in favour of leadership change in M’laya
Shillong, May 18 (Agencies):
Published on 19 May. 2011 1:17 AM IST
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The United Democratic Party (UDP), the second largest coalition partner of Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government today said it is not in favour of frequent change of leadership in the state.
‘’We are not happy with the frequent change of leadership as it has badly affected the developmental programmes of state,’’ UDP chief and former Chief Minister Donkupar Roy said.
At least 18 of the 28 Congress legislators have demanded removal of Dr Sangma as the Chief Minister for his ‘autocratic style of functioning’ and ‘lack of transparency in governance’.
‘’As an ally of the Congress, I have advised them (Congress) in our MUA meeting not to keep changing their leader,’’ Dr Roy said.
Strongly batting for Mukul Sangma to continue as the Chief Minister, the UDP chief said, ‘’the Chief Minister is doing well on the development front and he tries to solve pending issues.’’ Though, the states Congress chief Friday Lyngdoh had claimed that there would be no change of leadership in the state, but the demand for removal of Dr Sangma as Chief Minister refuses to die down.
‘’UPA chairpersons Sonia Gandhi is not in favour of frequent change of leadership since it hampers the development process as well as the good momentum of governance,’’ Lyngdoh claimed.
Former Chief Minister D D Lapang, who is projected as Dr Sangmas successor, said the leadership issue is very much alive.
‘’The matter (leadership issue) is being examined by the Congress leadership (Ms Gandhi). We hope that soon she will communicate to the state, and a CLP (Congress Legislature Party) meeting will be called to resolve the issue amicably,’’ Mr Lapang said.
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.

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