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Its electorates or the legislators more eager for cabinet berth

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Newly elected Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma is taking his own time to announce the list of his team of Cabinet Ministers. AICC President Sonia Gandhi has given him a free hand to pick all the 11 members. The delay has created an anxiety not only for the remaining 59 legislators, but the electorates seem more eager to find out the list of “chosen ones” of Mukul Government.
Media houses in the state are bombarded with enquiry mails about the lists, and equal amount of fictitious mail claiming to be the supporters of particular Legislator justifying and demanding for cabinet berth to particular candidate are also pouring in.

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The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum- is it relevant for Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

March 8 is observed as International Women’s Day since 1997 with the theme- Women at the Peace Table. This year United Nations (UN) declared “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum” as 2013 theme, and stressed on “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”.
This is the third time UN stressed on Gender Equality. The first being in 2003: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals. Secondly in 2005: Gender Equality Beyond 2005: Building a More Secure Future. This itself shows that gender sensitization still is the need of the hour.

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Delaying tactics to tame turbulence for cabinet berth in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr Mukul M Sangma, for his second inning in the hot seat is a more composed, relaxed and confident man. Unlike his last term, he was the man in a hurry, be it in implementing the projects or carving out four new districts for the state, all was done in a hurry. This time he is even taking time to name his 11 member team in the Cabinet, understanding that he needs to tag along the veteran as well as junior legislators of his party, besides the demand of the coalition partners. He adopted the time buying tactics to defuse any uprising of dissidents. He learned his lesson in regards to leadership tussle well.

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Lack of Youth initiative, ideological differences causes Regional party defeat

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As the Congress led government is being installed in Meghalaya, the regional parties are all set to play a constructive role as the Opposition Members in the 9th Legislative Assembly. Like a popular song which says: The winner takes it all and the loser has to fall, so also the Indian National Congress who gained 29 seats in the House of 60 are taking all the limelight and all set to install the 12 - member Cabinet with Congress Legislators alone. Both the NCP and 11 Independent legislators have extended their support ‘unconditionally’, so will not expect any Cabinet berth. 

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Meghalaya all set to witness change and stable government

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya is known for the frequent change of leadership at the helm of affairs. State politics have always been vibrant due to multiple political parties forming the government. The 9th Assembly with Indian National Congress (INC) leading the House of 60 by winning 29 seats vowed to follow the Congress manifesto as assured during the election. The new government need not adopt the Common Minimum Programme as it usually does to keep the coalition government alive. The mandate of the people is now rest on the shoulder of the new government expecting sea change and stability as the state turns 50 years old by 2022, just a decade away.

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