Reluctance of parties to partner with Congress will ensure MDA lasts full term

SHILLONG, Jun 21: The aversion of political parties in Meghalaya towards the Congress would ensure that the National People’s Party (NPP) led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), will last its full term, a members of the treasury beanch said.

According to Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker, Timothy D Shira “anti-Congress” stand of the all the coalition partners in the MDA will help to bind all the coalition partners.

“I am confident that the present coalition Government would last its full term. May be it will go beyond the term,” Shira told media persons on Thursday.

Shira added that in the past coalition government in the past did not survive because these were loosely stitched.

He pointed out that after the 2008 polls when the NCP managed to cobble up a coalition, it then had the support of only 31 legislators.

“That coalition Government led by the NCP was bound to collapse,” Shira pointed out.

Comparing the present coalition with the past ones, Shira pointed out that the NPP-led-MDA has the support of almost 40 MLAs even as he added that it is growing from strength to strength with time.

Hinting that more opposition MLAs are willing to be part of the ruling coalition, the Deputy Speaker claimed, “Under the able-leadership of Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, there are more MLAs who are keen to be part of the present coalition Government.”

When quipped whether the Congress in Meghalaya was trying to destablise the present Government, Shira said that it is the duty of the opposition to destablise the government.

The Deputy Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly also expressed doubts whether the opposition Congress leader, Dr Mukul Sangma would be able to destablise the present government.

Meanwhile, on the decision of senior Congress legislator from Ranikor, Martin M Danggo to quit theparty and switch over to the NPP, Shira asserted that the Congress never paid heed to his demand for creating a Civil Sub Division despite being in the party for many years.

“The present government feels that it is fully justified to create the Civil Sub Division since Ranikor is one of the most backward areas of the State,” Shira said.

He also said that the people of Ranikor will re-elect Danggo in the by-elections if he decides to resign as a Congress MLA.

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