Sangma asks Pawar to severe ties with Congress

March 19th, 2009 - 8:35 pm ICT by IANS  

P. Chidambaram New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Upset over the decision to impose president’s rule in Meghalaya, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader P.A. Sangma Thursday asked party chief Sharad Pawar to severe ties with the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls.
“In my view, NCP should not have any truck with the Congress in the coming elections,” Sangama, a former Lok Sabha speaker, told reporters here.

At the same time, he said he would abide by the party leadership’s ruling on the issue.

Sangma also said he would meet the leaders of all non-Congress parties and particularly those of the nascent Third Front before launching an agitation in the northeast against the imposition of president’s rule in Meghalaya.

The NCP heads the state’s Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government.

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 cabinet received a report from the (Meghalaya) governor on the events yesterday (Tuesday, during the trust vote). He has stated that there’s a breakdown in the constitutional machinery and has recommended president’s rule. The report has been accepted and a recommendation made to the president,” Home Minister P. Chidambaram said.

He was briefing reporters after a cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The decision immediately came under fire from the MPA government, with Sangma threatening to challenge it in the Supreme Court.

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