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Donkupar Roy is new Meghalaya CM

Ending a week-long political turmoil in Meghalaya, UDP leader Donkupar Roy will be sworn in as the new CM.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Shillong
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2008 06:17 PM IST

Ending a week-long political turmoil in Meghalaya, Congress-led DD Lapang Ministry on Wednesday resigned ahead of the trust vote in the assembly after failing to muster majority and rival UDP leader Donkupar Roy was appointed the new Chief Minister.

Roy, who met Governor SS Sidhu along with other MLAs of the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance, which is headed by NCP leader PA Sangma, was handed over the letter appointing him to lead the new government, Raj Bhavan sources said. He will be sworn in at 6:30 pm at the Governor's house.

MPA spokesman and Khnam MLA Paul Lyngdoh said along with Roy, a batch of five to six ministers are expected to take oath.

Earlier, capping speculation, Lapang, who was heading the minority Meghalaya United Alliance, resigned, half an hour ahead of the floor test he was to face in the assembly on the directions of the Governor.

Speaking to reporters after a Congress Legislature Party meeting, Lapang, who had the support of 28 members including two independents, said "Congress could not garner requisite support. So the CLP decided that I should resign". Thereafter, he went to the Governor and submitted his resignation.

Lyngdoh said the other new ministers would be sworn in on Thursday after the election of the Speaker.

Sangma, the architect of the MPA, said the alliance members would meet before the swearing in to finalize other formalities and details.

He also indicated that the ministerial berths have been finalized, but refused to disclose them.

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