Sangma meets President on Central rule in Meghalaya

Sangma meets President on Central rule in Meghalaya
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First Published: Fri, Mar 20 2009. 03 31 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Mar 20 2009. 03 31 PM IST
New Delhi: NCP leader P A Sangma on Friday approached President Pratibha Patil and demanded immediate recall of the Meghalaya Governor for his “biased report” which led to the Central rule in the north-eastern state.
“We have strongly demanded that the Governor of Meghalaya, who is the main cause of instability in the state, be immediately recalled,” Sangma said after the meeting
Sangma, the architect of the ruling Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA), said the imposition of the President’s rule was “unconstitutional”.
“We met Rastrapatiji and lodged a formal complaint against the unconstitutional imposition of President rule in Meghalaya.
“We pointed out to the President that any promulgation under article 356 have to be ratified by the Parliament because the President assumes the executive power but President always gives the legislative power to the parliament and today Parliment is not there,” Sangma, who led a delegation of state NCP leaders, said.
He said the country is in the midst of election and even the constitutional mandate of ratification cannot be fulfilled.
Meghalaya, which witnessed a controversial confidence vote in the Assembly, was on Thursday brought under Central rule and the state assembly put under suspended animation.
Asked about President’s response, Sangma said Patil gave the delegation a patient hearing.
The NCP leader said Meghalaya has been facing political instability for a long time as there have been 21 governments in the state in the last 35 years.
“We are trying to bring in change in the state, but we are not being allowed,” Sangma said. How development will take place in Meghalaya, he asked.
Asked about his meetings with Opposition leader in the Lok Sabha L K Advani and CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, Sangma said he briefed the leaders about the situation in the state.
“We have met and briefed them about the current situation in the state,” Sangma said.
He said the non-Congress political parties will meet in Guwahati on Sunday and launch an agitation against the “injustice meted out” to the people of the North East.
“I have sought their support. Both Advani and Karat have assured us full support to our movement,” he added.
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First Published: Fri, Mar 20 2009. 03 31 PM IST