Conrad on stripping his brother’s Home portfolio

Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 10 | Publish Date: 2/10/2020 12:59:49 PM IST

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday admitted that discussion on the issue of stripping James Sangma of his Home portfolio among his council of ministers.

However, Conrad said that there are “complications” on the issue of stripping of a portfolio from ministers. “... on one level there has been no decision in that line and it is not that we have decided that this thing should have happen and so and so should be stripped from any portfolio,” Conrad told reporters. Health and Family Welfare Minister and BJP legislator, Alexander Laloo Hek on Friday admitted that there is a discontentment within the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition government. There have been allegations of corruption arising out of the alleged illegal transportation of coal despite the ban being imposed in Meghalaya.

Criticism has been raised within the coalition government against Home Minister James Sangma and Transport Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar for their failure to the stop the illegal transportation of coal.

“It was for the first time in the history of Meghalaya and first time in my innings as five-time MLA that the cabinet meeting sat and discussed over removal or change of portfolio of ministers. This is the first time that cabinet discussed on such matters,” Hek had revealed. James, a three-time National People’s Party (NPP) legislator, is the elder brother of the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma. Dhar is also a NPP legislator. However, Conrad said that his Cabinet ministers are finding ways on how to resolve those issues.

“I am sure that with proper discussion the coalition as well as the government would be able to find a solution. We will see how things come out in the future. We will continue to talk to all our coalition partners and find a solution that would be most amicable and acceptable to all,” the Chief Minister said.



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