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The No-Confidence (NC) Motion against the Conrad Sangma-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government will be the second trust motion for the NPP-led government to prove its majority since the formation of the government in 2018.
The motion is scheduled to be tabled for discussion in the ongoing Autumn Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.
The Opposition Congress had moved the first NC against the MDA Government on March 12, 2018, weeks after the formation of the government following which Sangma proved his majority during the special session.
Again, in December 2019, a no-confidence motion was brought forward by the Opposition Congress against the ruling MDA government but was disallowed from being tabled.
This time around, the Opposition Congress is ready to throw all its punches at the government over multiple issues on coal mining, COVID-19 expenditure, law and order situation and several others.
However, the Chief Minister, on Tuesday, expressed confidence in winning the trust motion.
“I think there were many issues, but nonetheless, the opposition has chosen this particular route; so we are ready; the entire MDA is very confident and united. We will get through this no-confidence motion,” Sangma said.
As soon as Tuesday’s session concluded, a brief meeting was held between all the MDA partners to discuss their “plan of action.”
“We had a meeting today (to discuss on) who would be present tomorrow and who would take part in the debate and make sure we support the government. It was a meeting to coordinate for tomorrow’s No Confidence motion,” Sangma said.
Several ministers were not present at the house on Tuesday including Health Minister A.L Hek, Sports Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh, Community & Rural Development Minister Hamletson Dohling and Urban Affairs Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar.
When asked whether the absentees will be present in the house on Wednesday, Sangma replied in the affirmative.
“The thing is that some of our ministers had tested positive, and now one or two of them tested negative a week back. But they are weak so they were not here but tomorrow, being an important day, they have all been asked to attend, and despite their health condition, they will attend tomorrow’s session. The whip will be issued to everybody it is being prepared right now,” the chief minister added.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie & Andre Kongri)