A minister, a ruling alliance chief whip and a Deputy Speaker — they are all members of the 60-member Meghalaya assembly and belong to the ruling NCP-led Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA). They have another unique feature in common: they get violent at the drop of a hat.
Barely nine months into his job, Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy has been left red-faced by the growing incidents of aggression among his MLAs. To keep his house in order has become a more challenging task than fending off the Congress, which is preying on his fragile alliance.
Mining and Geology minister Donkupar Massar began the show on October 2-3 by allegedly assaulting some labourers at Borsora village in West Khasi Hills. On November 12, chief whip Adolf Lu Hitler R Marak allegedly assaulted his personal security officer S Lyngdoh for taking away a bottle of whisky from his official residence.
But the mother of all embarrassments for Roy came when Deputy Speaker Sanbor Shullai allegedly assaulted, verbally abused and threatened to kill higher education minister Manas Chaudhuri at a wedding party last Tuesday.
Shullai and Marak belong to the NCP, while Massar and Chaudhuri are independents.
Roy has avoided commenting on the issue but indicated that a code of conduct for the legislators of his alliance would be in place soon.
But while Shullai and Chaudhuri - they represent adjoining constituencies - are expected to patch up, various social organisations want Massar and Marak to be penalised.