SHILLONG: National People’s Party (NPP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday said that the Assembly Speaker’s Post is “not the prerogative” of the United Democratic Party (UDP). However, Tynsong said that the decision of the Speaker’s Post, which was left vacant after the demise of UDP chief, Dr Donkupar Roy will be decided by the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) partners. “We will take the views of all the partners before taking any consensus decision on the Speaker’s post,” Tynsong told media persons.
The NPP leader also said that last year during the formation of the MDA government, Late Dr Roy had himself offered to take up the Speaker’s Post and there was no pre-arranged agreement.
Tynsong said, “As the senior-most leader (of the alliance), we were happy when he (Late Dr Donkupar) made the offer.”
It may be mentioned that the UDP had insisted that since Late Dr Roy belonged to the party, the Speaker’s Post should go to them.
When asked if the UDP is misleading since there was no agreement on the Speaker’s Post, Tynsong said that the question of misleading does not arise.
“I don’t say the UDP is trying to mislead. They have every right to claim. But the final decision will be taken by all the partners within the MDA,” he said.