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Meghalaya CM Lapang resigns ahead of test

Lapang, sworn in on March 10, submits his resignation to Governor SS Sidhu, Raj Bhavan sources said.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Shillong
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2008 11:20 AM IST

Barely half an hour before the trust vote in the assembly, Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang resigned on Wednesday, saying his Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government has failed to secure a majority in the 60-member house.

Lapang, sworn in on March 10 after the Congress emerged as the single largest party, submitted his resignation to Governor SS Sidhu, Raj Bhavan sources said.

Speaking to reporters after a Congress Legislature Party meeting, Lapang, who has the support of 28 members, including two Independents, said "Congress could not garner requisite support. So the CLP decided that I should resign."

NCP leader and architect of the rival Meghalaya Progressive Alliance P A Sangma said the MPA would meet and then stake claim to form the government. The swearing in was likely to be held in the evening.

The chief ministerial candidate of the MPA is United Democratic Party President Donkupar Roy.

Lapang was asked by the Governor to prove majority within 10 days. The CLP had met yesterday evening, but a decision on facing the trust vote was postponed till this morning before the assembly session began.

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