By Our Reporter
Shillong, March 12, 2018
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma proved his majority support in the floor of the Assembly winning the vote of confidence in the special session for election of the new Assembly Speaker held here today.
Sangma who is heading the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led National People’s Party (NPP) Government has the support of 35 MLAs in the House of 60.
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The Chief Minister while replying to the question raised by the Congress Legislature Party leader, Dr Mukul Sangma to the motion of confidence moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Prestone Tynsong said that it is very clear that this is a Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition Government which is headed by the NPP.
“I don’t think there is any kind of doubt in this. Even in the letter of support of MLAs which was submitted to the Government, everyone has mentioned that they are expressing their support to the NPP led Government under the leadership of Conrad K Sangma,” Chief Minister said.
Earlier, while participating in the motion of confidence which was moved in the House, Dr Mukul had stated that it is appropriate for this august House to know which party is leading the Government.
“We would like to know whether it is the NPP led Government, BJP led Government or a conglomeration of party which is leading the Government,” the CLP leader said.
Stating that it is obvious that the mandate given by the people is a fractured mandate, he however said that looking at the background of the whole campaign, the mandate of the people is to form a Government without the BJP.
“The political parties in their campaigns have promised the innocent people of the State that they have no access to BJP. The various political parties had also clearly stated they will not have any connection with the BJP,” he observed adding that the basic guiding principle of the Constitution is to respect the mandate given by the the people.
Newly elected Assembly Speaker, Dr Donkupar Roy said that this is not the platform to debate on the mandate given by the people.
He however requested the Chief Minister to reply to the question raised by the CLP on the party which is heading the present Government.
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President of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Dr Donkupar Roy, a candidate of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) has been elected as the Assembly Speaker after receiving 35 out of 56 votes cast.
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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.
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.
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.