SHILLONG, Sept 13: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma had a closed door meeting with his ministers, Congress legislators and Independent MLAs supporting the government at his official bunglow on Tuesday evening.
This meeting assumes significance after the combined opposition Meghalaya People’s Front (MPF) and Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) served a notice of no-confidence motion in the Meghalaya assembly against the state government on Monday.
The no-confidence motion against the government ‘for its failure on all fronts’ was served at a time when the resolution seeking the removal of Speaker AT Mondal was fixed for discussion on Friday.
The letter jointly signed by NPP legislator James K Sangma, UDP member Jemino Mawthoh and HSPDP’s Ardent Basaiawmoit regarding the no-confidence motion was served on Monday morning.
It may be mentioned that the Speaker, Abu Taher Mondal had informed that the matter on whether to admit the no-confidence motion against the government will be taken up on Wednesday. Mondal had told reporters that it can be admitted provided 10 members support the motion.
In the 60-member assembly, the ruling Meghalaya United Alliance comprises 30 Congress members, two of the tiolist Congress Party and 11 independents.
The opposition MPF comprises eight United Democratic Party legislators and two from tiolist People’s Party.
The opposition Hill State People’s Democratic Party, which has four members and two Independents are not part of the Meghalaya People’s Front.