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Meghalaya CM to opt for trial of strength

Donkupar Roy today asserted he would not resign but would opt for a trial of strength in the assembly instead, hours after the resignation of a senior cabinet colleague Paul Lyngdoh reduced the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance government to a minority.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2009 17:44 IST

Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy on Wednesday asserted he would not resign but would opt for a trial of strength in the assembly instead, hours after the resignation of a senior cabinet colleague Paul Lyngdoh reduced the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance government to a minority.

"We will prefer a trial of strength on the floor of the Assembly," the chief minister said ruling out any possibility of resigning after Urban Affairs Minister and the lone KHNAM MLA Paul Lyngdoh resigned, reducing the MPA strength to 30. Two Independents, Limison Sangma and Ismail R Marak, had quit the alliance in the past three days.

The House has strength of 60.

"I have formally lodged a complaint with the Speaker to disqualify the two independents who had switched allegiance," Roy said citing the anti-defection law.

"The law is very clear and independents cannot create instability in the government," he said pointing out that one of the independents Ismail R Marak had joined as an associate member of the UDP, a party led by the Chief Minister himself.