Shillong: Political drama continued in
Meghalaya as one of the four new ministers scheduled to be
sworn-in today failed to turn up at Raj Bhavan at the
Three others, A L Hek, Saleng Sangma and Shitlang
Pale, were administered the oath of office and secrecy by
Governor R S Mooshahary.
There was no official word as to why Umroi MLA S W
Rymbai, who was also scheduled to be sworn in today, did not
turn up for the ceremony.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma affected the reshuffle in
an apparent bid to douse a rebellion by a group of dissident
Congress MLAs who were seeking his ouster.
Sangma showed the exit door to four of the rebel
ministers Prestone Tyngsong (PHE, General Administration,
Municipal Administration and Science and Technology), F W
Momin (Community and Rural Development, Cooperation and Water
Resources), Augustine D Marak (Food and Civil Supplies, Civil
Defence and Home Guards) and Founder Cajee (Fisheries and
The rural development minister, who was the most vocal
among the dissidents and was camping in the national capital
with some other dissident Congress MLA, had claimed that
Sangma had lost majority.
It has been over four months since the detractors of
Sangma have been seeking a change of CLP leader, frequently
visiting the national capital to air their grievances against
Sangma before AICC leaders.