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Meghalaya Governor to apprise Centre on political uncertainty
Correspondent Shillong, May 12:
Published on 12 May. 2011 11:17 PM IST
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In the middle of political uncertainty in Meghalaya, Governor R.S.Mooshahary is going to New Delhi Friday to apprise Centre on the political development arising out of the demand of Congress legislators for removal of Mukul Sangma as chief minister, an official said Thursday.
“The governor will be leaving for New Delhi tomorrow (Friday). He is likely to meet Home Minister P Chidambaram and also call on UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to apprise them on the political uncertainty in the state,” a Raj Bhavan official told Nagaland Post on condition on anonymity.
At least 18 of the 28 Congress legislators in the 60-member state assembly are believed to have projected D.D. Lapang as a possible successor to Sangma.
Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee Chief, Friday Lyngdoh Tuesday had submitted a detailed report to the Congress president on the political situation in the state.
“I have briefed her (Gandhi) everything (political development) and the party president will take her final decision on it,” Lyngdoh said by phone.
In fact, Congress floor managers, general secretary Dhani Ram Shandil who is in charge of the party’s affairs in Meghalaya, and his deputy Sanjay Bapna were in Shillong last month but failed to cut ice with the rebel Congress legislators. Presently, the rebel Congress legislators, camping in New Delhi, are making all efforts to again bring in veteran Congress leader Lapang to replace Sangma.
“We have met a few of our party’s senior leaders here (in New Delhi) and told them that we have lost faith in Sangma’s leadership,” a rebel Congress legislator told IANS over phone but refused to be named. “We are not at all happy with the style and functioning of Mukul. He takes unilateral decisions on several projects without consulting others,” the legislator said.
Lapang resigned as chief minister April 20 last year after 21 of the 28 legislators proposed Sangma’s name.
Sangma, who is heading a four-party government, had exuded confidence that he would complete his term.
“I am aware of the political moves but they will not dilute the very essence of our guiding principles to serve the public and would continue (to be the chief minister) till 2013,” Sangma had said.
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 a full five-year term.

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