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SHILLONG | Aug 23, 2019:

The Opposition Congress has decided to put up a candidate for the post of the Assembly Speaker.

“It is naturally that being in the opposition we will be putting up a candidate to contest the post of Speaker. In a democracy, every vote counts,” Opposition Leader and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, Dr Mukul Sangma said while talking to reporters here today.

Sangma, who attended the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the State Assembly to fix the calendar for the upcoming Assembly Session which is scheduled to begin from September 06, said that the opposition wanted to increase the number of business days for the upcoming session.

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“We would want the election for the Speaker post to be fixed on the last two days of the Government business either on September 10 or 13,” Dr Mukul said.

Highlighting the main issues that the opposition will take up during the session, Opposition Leader said that the issue of coal mining, finance, corruption, drug menace and few others concerning the interest of the people would be raised.

Meanwhile, Assembly Deputy Speaker, Timothy D Shira who chaired the meeting of the BAC informed that the house will be in session from September 6 to 13.

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Timothy informed that in the six day session barring Saturday and Sunday, “We have decided to give more time for private business to give more time to the members to raise issues pertaining to the State.”

He further said that they have extended the date of the session since there are anticipations that there will be an election to fill up the Speaker post.

Besides Dr Mukul and the Deputy Speaker, the BAC meeting was also attended by NPP leader and Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong and congress MLA, Charles Pyngrope.

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