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IANS | Shillong, March 12, 2018:

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma will face a floor test at a special session of the Assembly to be held later today to prove his majority, officials said on Sunday.

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma to seek trust vote on Monday

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IANS | Shillong |  March 11, 2018

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma will face a floor test at a special session of the Assembly on Monday to prove his majority, officials said on Sunday.

Prior to Sangma proving his majority in the 60-member House, Protem Speaker Timothy Dalbot Shira will preside over the session to elect the Speaker of the newly constituted tenth Meghalaya Assembly.

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Former Chief Minister Donkupar Roy of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government and opposition Congress legislator Winnerson D. Sangma are in the race to occupy the top post of the Assembly.

Roy, the longest serving legislator, is also the President of the United Democratic Party, which is the key partner in the National People’s Party-led government. Sangma is a two-time Congress legislator from Salmanpara constituency in the West Garo Hills.

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Sangma was sworn in as the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya on March 6 after six non-Congress parties, including one Independent came together and formed the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition government.

“The MDA is confident that its nominee Donkupar Roy will be elected as the Speaker of the Assembly and the Chief Minister will prove that he enjoys absolute majority in the Assembly,” Home Minister James Sangma said.

He said the six-party MDA coalition includes 19 members from the National People’s Party, six from the United Democratic Party, four from the the People’s Democratic Front, two each from the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP, one from the Nationalist Congress Party besides one Independent.

The NPP, which won 19 assembly seats in the just concluded polls, is the second largest party after the Congress with 21 seats.

Meghalaya is another state, after Manipur and Goa, where the Congress has not been able to forge a post-poll alliance with any of the regional parties despite emerging as the single-largest party.

“We are hoping against hope (Speaker’s election). There are a few friends at the other side and let us see tomorrow,” former Excise Minister and Congress Spokesperson, Zenith M. Sangma told IANS.

Lone Khun Hyniewtrep National Awakening Movement legislator Adelbert Nongrum and two Independents, S.K. Sun and Lambor Malngiang, are yet to declare their support for any of the two candidates.

Polling for 59 of the state’s 60 assembly seats was held on February 27. The election to one seat was countermanded following the killing of a Nationalist Congress Party candidate Johnathone Sangma.

The last straw on GNLA’s back as 8 cadres surrender

From Our Correspondent

March 11, 2018

Signaling possibly the end of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in the state, 8 remaining cadres of the outfit today surrendered themselves to the Church in East Garo Hills along with small and big arms and ammunition.

ALSO READ: Final nail on GNLA’s coffin? GNLA chief Sohan D Shira killed in encounter

The 8 cadres who surrendered today have been identified as Klubirth Sangma (Keke), CHonbirth Ch Marak, Rahul S Sangma (Nikam), Sujit G Momin (Roben), Hendison M Sangma (Newak), Barningstone S Sangma (William), Tangkam Ch Momin (Bilwat) and Pinbil Ch Marak (Churik).

The surrendered cadres surrendered at the village of Akelgre, about 10 kms from the district headquarter of Williamnagar in front of Church elders, paving their way for an official surrender tomorrow.

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The cadres also surrendered 2 AK56 rifles, 1 SMG, 1 INSAS, one .303, one .22, 1 Glock, 2 wireless sets, 1 9 mm pistol while also depositing a huge round of ammunition for the above mentioned weapons.

EGH SP, Ringrang TG Momin stated that the cadres had got in touch with the police leading to their surrender today. Momin said that the group was also with Sohan D Shira during the encounter in which the outfit’s leader was killed.

The GNLA cadres, according to sources had been disillusioned after the killing of their chief, Sohan D Shira, and decided to come overboard. An official ceremony of surrender according to police sources is set to be held at police headquarters at Shillong tomorrow and is likely to see the presence of the new home minister, James Sangma.

Sohan D Shira was killed in a police encounter near the village of Dobu on Feb 24, just prior to voting in the just concluded elections. His death came 6 days after the murder of NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma and four others who died in an IED blast allegedly triggered by the GNLA at the behest of its now deceased commander. 

HNLC compares Meghalaya politics to ‘circus’, politicians to ‘clowns’

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, March 09, 2018: 

The change of Guard and political developments in the state have become the talk of the town these couple of days with predictions being made on the stability of the government, the cracks emerging in the regional parties and the ‘maximum’ display of power by a party with minimum seats.

Beware! Illegal car modifications will cost you dearly

Shillong News Desk | Shillong, March 10, 2018: 

If you’re thinking Shillong roads are similar to a racing track for high-end vehicles with modified body structure, headlights and excruciating sound; then think again!

Raging flame engulfs 3-storey building in Demseiniong

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, March 10, 2018: 

A 3-storey building was engulfed by a raging flame damaging many shops inside the building, which is located at Demseiniong just opposite the NEEPCO office in Shillong here on Saturday.

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