SHILLONG, Nov 30: General Secretary of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) and Nongthymmai MLA Jemino Mawthoh on Thursday confirmed that the opposition is planning to go ahead with the No confidence motion against the Congress led government in the state while refuting earlier reports that the UDP is not in favour of the idea.
Amid confusion arising out of the NPP’s move to table the NC against the government and UDP stating that they were not in favour of the move, Mawthoh said, “The opposition parties are aware of it and going ahead with the No Confidence motion. We stand together”.
Ironically, Leader of the opposition, Dr. Donkupar Roy while accepting that there was a move by the NPP to table the non confidence motion against the government in the winter session of the state assembly had maintained on Wednesday that the UDP was not in favour of the NPP idea as everyone is on a poll preparedness mode and time is scarce.
Pointing out the rise in number of Congress legislators shifting their allegiance to other parties and the number of independent candidates withdrawing their support to the Congress government, Mawthoh said, “Look at the number of congress MLAs and independent candidates withdrawing support, the government has already fallen”.
The Congress has 30 legislators in the 60-member house and has the support of 11 independents and as per sources if the rebel Congress leaders, independents and opposition joins forces, they will stand at 32.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma soon after the cabinet meeting on Thursday said, “I do not want to strain my brain to think whether the Government would survive in the upcoming Assembly session. But the main reason for holding the session very late is because I wanted to see who the MLAs who want to resign are.”
The final session of the present House which is expiring on March 6, 2018 will held on December 8, 13 and 14.
Over the withdrawal of support of the two independent MLAs, Dr Sangma said that it is normal for independent MLAs to look for other alternative ahead of the elections adding that there will be some MLAs who will be joining some political parties while there will be others who will continue to contest as an MLA.