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NCP demands PR in M’laya; Cong rejects
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 3:
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Published on 4 Jun. 2011 12:12 AM IST
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Meghalaya’s opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Friday demanded imposition of president’s rule, claiming that there is a constitutional machinery breakdown in the state. Opposition leader and NCP legislator Conrad K Sangma, who met Governor RS Mooshahary, said that the political difference within the Mukul Sangma-led government has led to complete collapsed of governance and administration.
“There is a complete collapse of administration and governance and the chief minister has not able to convene a cabinet meeting for the past two months, while all developmental activities have come to a grinding halt due to in-fighting within the Congress,” Sangma told journalists after emerging out of the Governor’s office.
However, Mooshahary rejected the NCP’s demand, saying that there is no constitutional crisis as such, the ruling coalition is in majority, but there is an issue within the Congress of the coalition which does not imply that the ruling has lost its majority.
The Congress, which has 28 legislators in the 60-member House, is facing an internal revolt with 18 of its legislators demanding for the removal of Dr Mukul Sangma as chief minister. However, Sangma strongly felt that the President’s rule should be imposed in the state maintaining that there is total breakdown of the constitutional machinery which has affected the people of the state at large.
“The chief minister has not been able to hold Cabinet meetings for more than two months and departments are not functioning since ministers and the chief minister himself are busy shuttling between Shillong and New Delhi,” he said.
However, hours after the NCP demanded invocation of President’s rule, the state Congress party chief Friday Lyngdoh claimed that the political bickering within the Congress has been resolved.
“There is no question of imposing the President’s rule in the state.
The coalition government is very much in existence,” Lyngdoh told Nagaland Post. “How can president’s rule be imposed in the state when it is only a family matter (internal bickering) within the Congress,” Lyngdoh asked, adding that “the issue has been resolved and it will be officially made known to you all tomorrow (Saturday).”
Sangma’s meeting with Mooshahary assumed significance as a day earlier deputy chief minister Rowell Lyngdoh claimed that the chief minister has lost the support of a majority of the 28 Congress legislators.
Lyngdoh had Thursday publicly announced that 18 of the 28 Congress legislators in the 60-member assembly have demanded Mukul Sangma’s removal over his autocratic style of functioning. The rebel Congress members are believed to be pitching for Mukul Sangma’s predecessor D.D. Lapang to return as the chief minister.
Lyngdoh said the chief minister should immediately convene a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting to resolve the leadership issue.
Meanwhile, Lapang also rushed to New Delhi Friday morning for talks with the party leadership. Mukul Sangma is already camping in New Delhi.

 
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