SHILLONG, June 2 � Meghalaya Deputy Minister and veteran Congress legislator, Rowell Lyngdoh today broke his silence and said Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has lost majority support and therefore the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting must be convened immediately.
�18 Congress legislators are demanding Sangma�s ouster as he has lost majority support. The CLP meeting must be convened immediately,� Lyngdoh said.
Sangma, on the other hand, rushed to New Delhi this afternoon after being summoned by the Congress party president.
Earlier, there have many statements made by AICC secretary, in-charge Meghalaya, Dhaniram Shandil and also the State party president, Friday Lyngdoh in favour of Sangma�s continuation as the CLP leader.
However, the dissidents led by former Chief Minister DD Lapang rejected Shandil and Lyngdoh�s assertions and are continuing with their demand for a CLP meeting.
Lapang also faxed a message to Sonia Gandhi recently requesting her to prevail upon the Chief Minister to hold the CLP meeting.
�The political crisis has affected the State�s image. The high command will have to take a decision,� Sangma�s deputy said.
In fact, Lyngdoh has openly spoken out against Sangma for the first time. All along he stayed away from the political crisis, saying he did not wish to get dragged into it.
Apart from Lyngdoh other Cabinet Ministers who have openly voiced their dissent are Community and Rural Development minister, Frankenstein Momin and Food and Civil Supplies minister, Augustine D Marak.
Other Congress Cabinet ministers are not saying anything officially, but Public Health Engineering minister, Prestone Tyngsong has stayed away from a programme that included the Chief Minister. Similarly, few other Congress Ministers are expressing their covert dissident against Sangma.
The 18 dissidents out of the 28 Congress legislators in the 60-member House are demanding Sangma�s ouster saying he works in an autocratic fashion taking unilateral decisions. They now want to replace him with Lapang.