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Fate of Meghalaya CM to be decided tonight

The fate of Meghalaya CM DD Lapang will be decided at the crucial Cong Legislature Party meet on Monday night.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 13:24 IST

The fate of Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang, who is facing dissidence, will be decided at the crucial Congress Legislature Party meeting on Monday night.

Congress Working Committee member and Union Minister Oscar Fernandes, AICC secretary in-charge of the state Ved Prakash and Union Minister and Shillong MP PR Kyndiah will be attending the meeting.

The crisis in the three-and-half years old DD Lapang led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance Government came to the fore on June 5 when majority of Congress MLAs boycotted a CLP meeting and held a parallel sitting demanding change of leadership.

The dissidents claimed to have the support of 25 MLAs, including a few ministers with them, their spokesman Robert G Lyngdoh had said. Congress has 29MLAs in the 60-member house.

Prakash, who has been meeting party MLAs from both the camps for the last two days, exuded confidence that the change of leadership issue would be 'amicably sorted out' in the meeting.

"I hope, it (the issue) will be amicably sorted out. You have to wait till Tuesday," he saidon Sundaynight.

Lyngdohon Mondaysaid there was no change in their stand but they thought that the matter would be sorted out amicably.

Asked if he was also one of the contenders for the top post, Lyngdoh said as per the Congress tradition, the leader would be elected by all the MLAs by consensus.

First Published: Jun 12, 2006 13:24 IST