By Our Correspondent, TNT News | SHILLONG, Nov 30, 2017:
Pressurized and criticized from several quarters over the delay in convening the Winter Assembly session, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday explained the reason behind the delay stating that he wanted to get a clear picture of the current mindset of his party legislators.
“The main reason for the delay in holding the Winter Assembly Session is because I wanted to see who are the MLA’s who wanted to resign,” Sangma said adding that he does not want to strain his brain over the future of his Government.
It may be observed that the future of the present Congress led MUA II Government looks bleak with the opposition likely to move a no-confidence motion in the upcoming Assembly session even as there are several independent MLAs who intend to withdraw their support from the Government. Not only this, there are several sitting Congress MLAs who are shifting their allegiance to other political parties.
“I do not want to strain my brain to think whether the Government would survive in the upcoming Assembly session. But the main reason for holding the session very late is because I wanted to see who are the MLAs who wanted to resign,” Dr Mukul Sangma told newsmen on the sideline of the Cabinet meeting here on Thursday.
The final session of the present House which is expiring on March 6, 2018 will be held on December 8, 13 and 14.
Over the withdrawal of support of two independent MLAs, Dr Mukul said that it is normal for independent MLAs to look for other alternative ahead of the elections adding that there will be some MLAs who will be joining some political parties and there will also be few who will continue to contest as an independently.
It may be mentioned that the two independent MLAs who withdrew their support include Rophul S. Marak and Robinus Syngkon.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister claimed that there are four independent MLAs from Garo Hills region and one from Khasi Hills who have expressed their desire to contest from the Congress.
“We are examining the offer of these sitting independent MLAs. The final decision will be taken by AICC Central Election Committee (CEC) headed by the Congress president,” Dr Mukul added.