Opp withdraws NC against Speaker

Shillong,Sept 14: The opposition has withdrawn no-confidence motion against Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh.

Oppostion leader Mukul Sangma informed this on Tuesday.


The decision was taken after a meeting of the CLP in the morning.

Mukul said since the Congress feels that since the issues articulated by them will be addressed, the opposition has decided to withdraw the no- confidence motion.

According to Mukul, their points were already to a great extent made through submissions and hence further pressing for resolution to be taken up in the House is not necessary.

“Communication has already been given to the Assembly Secretariat that the resolution so submitted on that particular day under the relevant rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business…stands withdrawn,” he said.

Earlier, the resolution signed by four Congress MLAs – Zenith Sangma, HM Shangpliang, George B Lyngdoh and Kimfa S Marbaniang – was submitted to the Commissioner & Secretary of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on September 2.

“The intent was to only send a message that usually it is expected that when one occupies the office of the Speaker then we usually expect that one should obviously demonstrate that whole spirit of true democracy where you have complete independence of legislature from executive as the respective pillars of democracy that is understood by all of us”, Mukul added.

“What is important is that once the resolution is taken up then the whole ramification of the debate and other things can culminate into anything which we do not want. Therefore, even by submitting and tabling this resolution, the feeling has already been expressed so it suffices our purpose,” he said.

Mukul said what the opposition wanted was complete detachment of the Speaker from the matters related to executive.

When asked whether it is related to the Speaker holding the post of UDP president, Mukul said the message is clear but did not  elaborate.

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