Lapang to be sworn in as Meghalaya Chief Minister today

May 13th, 2009 - 11:36 am ICT by ANI  

Shillong, May 13 (ANI): Senior Congress leader DD Lapang will be sworn in as Chief Minister of Meghalaya on Wednesday.

The Congress Party stitched an alliance with the United Democratic Party (UDP) following failure of talks with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the government in Meghalaya.

Lapang on Tuesday called on Governor R S Mooshary and enclosed a letter of support from the UDP and independent MLA Donkupar Massar, taking the tally of the alliance to 37 members in the 60-member Assembly.

The Meghalaya United Alliance-led by Congress has got the majority for formation and continuation of a viable government after coming of the UDP to its fold, Lapang said.

“We have signed an agreement before the Governor pledging our support to the Congress. We have been given two berths in the cabinet,” UDP president and former Chief Minister Donkupar Roy said.

As per the agreement, the UDP will get a deputy chief ministership and a cabinet berth.

There was no official word from the Congress, but party insiders said “unreasonable demands” by the NCP like five berths and opposition from a good chunk of state Congress members prompted the party to align with the UDP. (ANI)

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