Sangma meets Advani, Karat over President’’s rule in Meghalaya

March 20th, 2009 - 3:46 pm ICT by ANI  

Pratibha Patil

New Delhi, Mar 20 (ANI): Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader P A Sangma on Friday met BJP senior leader L K Advani and discussed recent political developments in Meghalaya after the imposition of President’’s rule in the state.
After the meeting, Sangma said he sought Advani’’s support on the issue. He said he would also meet President Pratibha Patil.
Sangma added that the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance would move the Supreme Court and file a petition challenging the imposition of President’’s rule in the state.
Later, Sangma met CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat and held discussion on the same issue.
On Thursday, President Pratibha Patil placed the State Assembly under suspended animation a day after the Central Government’’s recommendation.
The Union Cabinet announced the decision after receiving a report from Meghalaya Governor R S Mooshahary about the breakdown of constitutional machinery in Meghalaya.
Terming the Union Cabinet’’s decision as “unwarranted” and “unprecedented”, Sangma said, “The decision is not as per the Constitution and the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) Government had won the confidence vote on the floor of the Assembly. There was no manipulation and everything was according to law.”
The NCP Government in Meghalaya was reduced to a minority on March 11 after two MLAs from the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) Limison Sangma and Ismail R Marak withdrew their support.
The Speaker B M Lanong invalidated the votes of four rebel members ignoring the Governor’’s directive and exercised his casting vote to break a tie. (ANI)

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