Some legislators want Sangma out: Meghalaya Congress chief

April 14th, 2011 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Shillong, April 14 (IANS) Meghalaya Congress chief Friday Lyngdoh admitted Thursday that there is a growing demand from some party legislators for removing Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.

“Some of them (Congress legislators) did inform me about their demand for a change of leadership, but officially they have not submitted any petition to me,” Lyngdoh told IANS.

The Sangma-led Congress government in the state is scheduled to complete one year in office April 20.

He said that the party’s central leaders in New Delhi were aware of the political development within the Congress legislature party in Meghalaya.

“The AICC (All India Congress Committee) is taking care of this…decision will be taken on what is best for the party,” he said.

Home Minister H.D.R. Lyngdoh said: “I still have faith in him.”

At least 18 of the 28 rebel Congress legislators in the 60-member state assembly have projected D.D. Lapang as their new Congress legislature party leader and a possible successor to Sangma.

Lapang, a veteran Congress legislator, resigned as chief minister April 20, 2010 after 21 of the 28 Congress legislators proposed Sangma’s name as the new Congress legislature party leader.

A Congress minister in the Sangma cabinet said dissidence against the chief minister was gaining momentum.

“I think he (Mukul) is going out and they (rebel legislators) have got the numbers with them,” said the minister, who did not want to be named.

“They (rebel legislators) are not happy with the style and functioning of Mukul. He takes unilateral decisions on several projects without consulting others,” the minister added.

Political instability appears to have become a permanent feature in Meghalaya, which has seen four governments since the March 2008 assembly elections.

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