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Lapang set to return as Meghalaya CM soon

The dissidents claimed support of 19 of the 29 Congress MLAs in the 60-member House.
None | By Press Trust of India, Shillong
PUBLISHED ON JUL 27, 2006 04:00 PM IST

Dissident Congress MLAs of Meghalaya on Thursday claimed that DD Lapang, who had to make way for JD Rymbai as the chief minister on June 15, would take back the reins of the government from the incumbent "within this month."

The rebel MLAs, camping in New Delhi along with Lapang, would meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her political secretary Ahmed Patel after Thursday's Parliamentary proceedings to know about the final decision of the High Command, the MLAs said.

Asked if a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) would be called to formally elect the new leader, the sources said that it had not yet been decided.

The dissidents claimed support of 19 of the 29 Congress MLAs in the 60-member House.

"But it is certain that we are coming back and that swearing-in will be held within this month," they said, adding that the ceremony would depend to some extent on Minister of State Oscar Fernandes' visit to Bangkok for the Naga peace talks.

Fernandes, who is also the party general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya, is leaving for Bangkok on Thursday for the talks with NSCN(IM).

Sources said that Rymbai would be made chairman of the Meghalaya Economic Development Council, a post currently being held by Lapang.

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