Congress to stake claim to form government in Meghalaya

March 21st, 2009 - 10:28 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Claiming that the Congress has a majority in the Meghalaya assembly, former chief minister D.D. Lapang Saturday said the party will stake claim at an “appropriate time” to form the government in the state which is under president’s rule.
“We don’t want president’s rule to continue for longer time in Meghalaya. We have the majority. We will stake claim at an appropriate time,” Lapang told reporters here.

Citing a “constitutional breakdown”, the central government Wednesday decided to impose president’s rule in Meghalaya, a day after the state government barely survived a trust vote with the help of the assembly speaker.

The president Thursday signed the proclamation imposing president’s rule in the state.

Lapang termed the speaker’s decision to disqualify five legislators before the trust vote as unconstitutional and unethical.

“Even the speaker could not vote as the Congress moved no-confidence motion against the speaker even before the trust vote,” he said.

–Indo-Asian news Service


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