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Lapang given more time to secure numbers by AICC

Last Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 18:45

Shillong: Beleaguered Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang has been given more time by the Congress high command to cobble up the majority support in the face of a revolt within the party in the state.

The AICC, which wants Lapang to remain at the helm, has given him some more time to garner the majority support in the CLP in the wake of 14 party MLAs seeking his ouster, AICC sources told a news agency today.

Lapang is now camping in New Delhi besides eight MLAs.

The eight legislators, known to be pro-Lapang, were
camping in New Delhi since yesterday to rally behind the chief
minister, who too is in national capital. Lapang had been away
from Meghalaya since April seven.

Among those camping in New Delhi are senior ministers
Mukul Sangma, M M Danggo and Prestone Tyngsong, sources said.

"Lapang enjoys a good rapport with the high command.
So he has been given time to garner the support of majority of
the Congress legislators," an AICC source said.

Fourteen of the 28 Congress legislators had on April 7
faxed a letter to AICC President Sonia Gandhi seeking Lapang`s
ouster, claiming that he had lost majority in the CLP.

However, despite the AICC not taking any immediate
step now, names of Deputy Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and
Speaker Charles Pyngrope are already doing the rounds for the
post of chief minister in the event of Lapang failing to
muster the figures.

Gandhi, who is likely to return to the national
capital today, is expected to be briefed about the
developments later.

The 14 rebel MLAs, including senior leaders
Sayedullah Nongrum, H D R Lyngdoh, Rowell Lyngdoh, A L Hek, F
W Momin and Augustine Marak, are all disgruntled over their
non-inclusion in the ministry.

The dissident MLAs have been asking the Congress high
command for nearly one month asking for change of guard as
well as their inclusion in the ministry.

Only six Congress MLAs of the 28 have found berths in
Lapang`s ministry.

The current ruling Congress alliance, sworn in last
year after the fall of the NCP-led government, enjoys the
support of 44 legislators - 28 from Congress, 9 from UDP, two
from Hill State People`s Democratic Party, one from KHNAM and
four Independents in the 60-member house.


First Published: Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 18:45
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