Rebellion in Meghalaya Congress, Lapang admits pressure

Last Updated: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 17:34

Shillong: Amid a fresh rebellion within
the Congress, Meghalaya Chief Minister D D Lapang on Saturday
admitted there was "pressure" by disgruntled MLAs seeking
accommodation in the Cabinet.

"Naturally there is pressure...everybody wants to be a
minister. But we have to think about our friends (Independent
MLAs) who supported us during the formation of the
government," Lapang said.

Asked if he would make changes in his ministry, Lapang
said, "Let`s see how big these voices are. Since they have
gone to Delhi, I may be guided by the high command`s view. As
of now there is nothing on my table."

At least nine disgruntled Congress MLAs are camping in
New Delhi to urge the AICC to drop the three independent MLAs
and the lone MLA from Khyun Hynniewtrep National Awakening
Movement (KHNAM) from the ministry, party sources said.

They also met AICC secretary and Meghalaya in-charge
Luizinho Falerio in the national capital last night, the
sources said.

The rebel MLAs include Saidullah Nongrum, Saleng
Sangma, Samuel Sangma, S Dhar, Comingone Ymbon, P Syiem, F P
Sangma, F Momin and Lahkmen Rymbui - most of whom have been
accommodated as parliamentary secretaries or chairmen of
boards and corporations, they said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 17:34

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