Meghalaya minister-designate skips swearing-in

June 7th, 2011 - 11:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Shillong, June 7 (IANS) A minister-designate in Meghalaya failed to turn up to take the oath of office and secrecy at the Raj Bhavan here Tuesday.

Stanly Wiss Rymbai, a Congress legislator, failed to attend the ceremony to take oath along with three other new faces in Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s cabinet.

Rymbai told IANS that he was suffering from flu. He said he will speak to the chief minister once he recovers.

His absence from the ceremony was seen as a sign of the on-going in-fighting within the Congress Legislature Party over the demand for Sangma’s ouster.

Rymbai is said to be close to former chief minister D.D. Lapang, who is among the prominent Congress rebels seeking Sangma’s exit.

Shitlang Pale, Saleng Sangma and Bharatiya Janata Party leader-turned-Congress legislator Alexander Hek were administered the oath of office at the ceremony.

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