Mukul Sangma an able CM, says Vincent Pala
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Last Updated: Monday, May 09, 2011, 18:40
Shillong: Amid rumblings within the ruling Congress in Meghalaya, Union Minister of State for Water Resources and Shillong MP Vincent Pala on Monday backed Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, saying he is able and performing well.

Pala also underlined that limited ministerial berths in small states is a reason for political instability, and felt Constitution should be amended to address it.

"As far as fund utilisation is considered Mukul Sangma has performed well as a Chief Minister. He has also been able to get more fund allocation from the Centre," Pala said.

A section of MLAs within the ruling Congress, unhappy at Mukul Sangma's "autocratic way of functioning", are demanding a change in leadership.

"I don't know what the dissidents want. I have not received any letter... nor have they met me. The matter will be handled by the AICC," Pala said.

He said two AICC observers, Dhaniram Shandil and Sanjay Bapna, who recently visited the state would be submitting a report to the AICC.

"I heard some of the (dissident) MLAs have met AICC leader Oscar Fernandes. But I have no idea what transpired in the meeting," Pala said.

He, however, maintained that there were dissidents in all parties, and the percentage in Congress was rather low compared to others.

Blaming the restriction on cabinet berths as a major reason for political instability in small states, Pala said he and some other MPs of the Northeast recently met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi seeking an amendment in the Constitution.

The ministry size in states is now limited to 20 per cent of the total assembly seats.

"We wanted this to be increased to 30 per cent to ensure stability in the states," he said.


First Published: Monday, May 09, 2011, 18:40

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