Opp MLAs should address issues in Assembly, not on street: Paul

Shillong, Feb 5: MDA spokesperson and cabinet minister Paul Lyngdoh has said there is enough room for the opposition MLAs to address their issues within the Assembly instead of taking their electors to the streets repeatedly.

Lyngdoh told reporters that the purpose of having an elected House is to facilitate legislators to debate and take part in discussions.


Two more names for women’s panel 

In addition to the four names with the government, th government has received two more names for the post of the chairperson of women’s commission.

The state government may take a final decision on the appointment of the new chairperson within this week. Paul said he had reviewed issues pertaining to the department.

Nothing wrong in extending council tenure

He said there is nothing unprecedented behind the government’s decision to approve extension of the term of the KHADC and JHADC by another six months.

“All I can say is that this is not unprecedented. In the past, the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) has had two years of extension when Dr Mukul Sangma was chief minister. So an extension of six months when compared to what was done in the past which was ab extension of two years, is certainly and relatively a very brief period,” he said.

RDA to win Shillong seat 

The UDP has expressed confidence that the Regional Democratic Alliance (RDA) will win the Shillong parliamentary seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“Since two major regional parties have come together under this alliance and also at a time when the aspiration of regional parties is going to be a major focal point of the Lok Sabha elections, we are very optimistic that our (RDA) candidate will sail through,” he said.

Guv can address House in Hindi 

Paul  said there is nothing wrong if Meghalaya Governor delivers his address in Hindi during the upcoming budget session of the state Assembly.

“I see nothing wrong if the Governor delivers his address in Hindi and at the same time, his address is available or the text of his speech is being supplied in English. This is nothing new. If you have seen in parliament, languages under the Eighth Schedule are being spoken and you can listen in a language you understand. The speaker will speak the language he is fluent in and the listener will listen in the language he understands,” he added.

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