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Swearing-in of Meghalaya cabinet today

The cabinet ministers of the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance will be sworn in on Wednesday at the Raj Bhavan even as the Supreme Court's hearing on a case, filed by the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance, is expected later in the day.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2008 14:14 IST

The cabinet ministers of the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance will be sworn in on Wednesday at the Raj Bhavan even as the Supreme Court's hearing on a case, filed by the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance, is expected later in the day.

Congress spokesperson and MLA Mukul Sangma confirmed that the oath taking ceremony will be held today. He however, declined to disclose names of the ministers who would be sworn in.

He indicated that the three independents, who joined the alliance yesterday taking the tally to 28, would be allotted cabinet berths.

While Chief Minister D D Lapang is facing a stiff deadline of 10 days to prove majority, the newly-formed MUA is still three short of the magic number.

The MPA has termed the forming of the MUA as a ploy to deceive the people and the elected members of the Assembly.

"It is a desperate bid to deceive the people. But anyway they are still three short, the MPA spokesperson, B Lalong, said.

MPA had filed a petition in the SC yesterday challenging the Governor's decision to call the Congress to form the government even though it was in the minority.

The apex court is likely to take up the hearing later in the day.