No rift in the CLP, MPCC working president says
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 15:54
  
Shillong: Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee working president Deborah Marak has backtracked on her statement on Monday that there were some problems within the legislature party and that party president Sonia Gandhi would resolve them.

Last night in a statement, she said no rift existed in the PCC with all members working unitedly and stood by MPCC president Friday Lyngdoh's assessment that AICC chief Sonia Gandhi is 'very strong and clear in her mind that there will be no change of leadership at this juncture'.

Marak, a DD Lapang loyalist, had on Monday told a press conference that there were 'some problems with the Congress legislators and that Congress president Sonia Gandhi will take some time to resolve it'.

“Now that she is preoccupied with the government formation in different states where elections were held as well as with the allocation of portfolios in Arunachal Pradesh, it might take some time before the matter is settled,” Marak had said.

She said AICC observers were expected in the state and a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting was on the cards to take up the issue.

Meanwhile, former chief minister DD Lapang, whom the dissident group has projected as their leader, contradicted Friday Lyngdoh and said the leadership issue was still alive and the AICC was yet to take a final call.

“AICC is well aware of the grievances of the dissident MLAs. A CLP meeting is needed to resolve the problem,” Lapang told reporters yesterday.

A dissident group of Congress legislators is unhappy at Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s 'autocratic' way of functioning and are demanding a change in the leadership.

Mukul Sangma is battling a revolt from as many as 18 legislators, including six Cabinet ministers. Sangma took over from four-time chief minister Lapang who could not complete a full five-year term even once and was forced to quit after a revolt in his party last year.

Sangma’s government is the 22nd government the state saw in its 38-year statehood which is marked by frequent political turbulence.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 15:54


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