Warring MLAs give CM a tough time

For a coalition that promised a progressive government,the only thing that has been consistent about the NCP-United Democratic Party led Meghalaya Progressive Alliance.....

Written by Tilak Rai | Published: March 11, 2009 12:43 am

For a coalition that promised a progressive government,the only thing that has been consistent about the NCP-United Democratic Party led Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) Government is frequent squabbling between its members. Chief Minister Donkupar Roy has been more busy resolving the fights between his MPA legislators than resolving various state issues. On Monday,Roy had to convene a meeting of the MPA to resolve the fight between Speaker Bindo M Lanong and Deputy Speaker Sanbor Shullai. The two had a spat as Lanong accused Shullai of asking him to do something which was against the “law”. While Lanong refused to divulge what exactly Shullai had asked him to do,the latter hit back accusing Lanong of “corruption”. As the two traded charges,Roy had to call an MPA meeting. Both Lanong and Shullai emerge from the meeting smiling as Roy announced that all was well in the MPA camp. However,many wondered how long the truce will last as Shullai has got himself the reputation of a “habitual trouble maker” for the Government. 

For Tura,it’ll be an all-woman affair

If the state Congress has its way,the party will pit two women against each other for the Tura Lok Sabha seat. As the NCP will be fielding its sitting MP Agatha K Sangma — P A Sangma’s youngest daughter — for the Tura seat,the Congress is gearing up to field former deputy chief minister Deborah Marak. The party has recommended Marak’s name to the AICC for approval. But there is one problem: Deborah had failed to retain her seat in last year’s Assembly elections. The big question now is,will she be able to pull it off if her candidature is accepted?

Why the Umroi defeat hurts UDP

The Congress has managed to snatch the Umroi Assembly seat in a bye-election,dealing a blow to the UDP. As the UDP had fielded George Lyngdoh,the son of former chief minister E K Mawlong whose death led to the by-poll,it was almost certain of retaining the seat riding a sympathy wave. But the UDP leaders were shocked when Congress candidate Stanleywiss Rymbai clinched the seat by a margin of only 450 votes.

It appears Hills State People Democratic Party (HSPDP) candidate Erwin Sutnga,who got 604 votes,ate into Lyngdoh’s votes. The HSPDP and UDP being coalition partners in the Government,the defeat of Lyngdoh is certain to cause more pointing of fingers.

Will the veteran turn the tide?

Allocation of party tickets in the state has never been smooth for the Congress as it always manages to rake up controversy. For the Shillong Lok Sabha seat,the State Congress Election Committee had recommended the name of Vincent Pala,a former PWD engineer,to the AICC,raising eyebrows not only in the Congress but in other parties as well. Among those who had applied for the party ticket was former Meghalaya Congress chief O L Nongtdu. Considering that Pala joined the party only two weeks ago,it came as a surprise to many as to how the state Congress bosses overlooked party veteran Nongtdu. Nongtdu now banks on Sonia Gandhi to overturn the decision of the state Congress. After all,Nongtdu had given up the MPCC presidentship after he was promised of a party ticket for the Shillong Lok Sabha seat. Will the promise be kept now?

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