Eighteen rebel Congress legislators in Meghalaya Sunday decided to meet Congress Supremo Sonia Gandhi to demand for the ouster of Mukul Sangma as Chief Minister.
Should they get an audience with Gandhi, the rebel legislators, including six cabinet ministers, will present their case before her and also physically to show their strength.
“We have sought for an appointment with the party leadership; once she invites us we will inform her that majority of the Congress MLAs have lost confidence under the leadership of Sangma,” Community and Rural Development Minister, Frankenstein W Momin said.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has been camping in New Delhi for the past four days after he has been summoned in connection with the rebellion against him.
“If she invites us all, we will physically show our strength to her and demand for special CLP (Congress Legislature Party) meeting to elect a new CLP leader,” Momin said.
Accusing Chief Minister Sangma has failed on all fronts, the veteran
Congress legislator said, “as a leader, he (Sangma) has failed to lead us from the front. He has not convened a cabinet meeting for the last two months, but took unilateral decision on his own without consulting us.”
Congress general secretary and state in-charge Dhani Ram Shandil, who is returning to New Delhi from Himachal Pradesh said, “The party leadership is expected to take her final decision (leadership issue in Meghalaya) tomorrow (Monday).”
The rebel Congress legislators are demanding Sangma’s removal, saying that they are not happy with his autocratic style of functioning. They are believed to be pitching for Lapang to return as chief minister.
Sangma was sworn in chief minister April 21, 2010, replacing Lapang, after 21 of the 28 legislators proposed Sangma’s name as their new Congress Legislative Party leader.
Claiming that constitutional machinery has collapsed in the State, opposition Nationalist Congress Party legislator Conrad K Sangma had demanded from Governor R.S. Mooshahary that Article 356 be invoked and president’s rule be imposed in the state.
The governor rejected the NCP’s demand, saying that the ruling Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance coalition government still enjoys the majority in the state assembly.
In the 60-member House assembly, 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 and one independent.