Meghalaya Governments future to be decided today

March 17th, 2009 - 11:57 am ICT by ANI  

Shillong, Mar 17 (ANI): The Nationalist Congress Party backed Meghalaya Progressive Alliance Government will face trust vote today in the state assembly.

On Monday, Speaker Bindo M. Lanong suspended five missing MLAs under Anti- Defection Law. The MLAs will not be able to attend the proceedings of the assembly during trust vote.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Governor Dr. R. S. Mossahari asked the State Assembly to record the vote of confidence in the government to ensure transparency.

Twelve Congress MLA have moved a motion asking for the removal of the Speaker Lanong. It was supported by more than 26 members of the Congress led opposition.

Lanong informed the Assembly that Mossahari had sent the directive to him on Sunday evening for the second time, asking him to ensure video recording of the proceedings, and maintain status quo in regard to rights of speech, among others instructions.

Earlier, Mossahari had issued the same directive on March 13.

Lanong also said that he had sought legal opinion from the states Advocate-General G S Massar on the issue.

UDP MLA Ardent Basaiawmoit threatened to disrupt proceedings of the House alleging blatant interference from the Governor on the Speaker’’s functioning.

The Congress moved a resolution for removal of the Speaker, alleging that the Speaker was acting in a partial manner and was intimidating the Opposition legislators.

The Speaker said the resolution would be taken up in the House on March 27. (ANI)

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