Shillong, Aug 25: The dissident group on Monday gained three more members with both Deputy Chief Ministers of Meghalaya joining them besides Health Minister AL Hek. Deputy CMs Rowell Lyngdoh and RC Laloo are said to have joined the Dr DD Lapang led dissident group with Lyngdoh openly declaring that he has lost hope on Dr Mukul Sangma led government on Law and Order situation in State.
Sources informed that Laloo joining the anti – Mukul camp is due to Shillong MP Vincent H Pala being involved in the toppling game, while Hek rushed to Delhi on Monday to show his support to Dr DD Lapang.
SHILLONG, Aug 25: After brewing up a storm by stating that Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma will cling on to his chair till his last breath, Independent MLA Saleng A Sangma Monday demanded for convening a Special Assembly Session to discuss the deteriorated Law and Order situation in Garo Hills.
According to him, if a Special Assembly Session can be held to discuss on Inner Line Permit (ILP) then the total breakdown of law and order in Meghalaya with Garo Hills being worst affected also deserves proper deliberation by immediately calling for a Special Assembly Session.
AMPATI, Aug 25: In view of the medical emergency arising out of the detection of Japanese Encephalitis in South West Garo Hills (SWGH), the district medical team has been working round the clock to contain the spread of the disease in the region.
Medical Officer in-charge Ampati CHC, Dr. Debajit Rudra Sangma said that precautionary and preventive measures have been initiated to control the disease and blood samples of suspected cases are being immediately sent to the District Priority Laboratory in the Tura Civil Hospital.
SHILLONG, Aug 24: Charles Dudley Warner had once said, “Politics makes for strange bedfellows.” This quote is very apt when taking into consideration the polar shift of the relationship between Gambegre MLA Saleng Sangma and the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma. Saleng, whom, not too long ago, the incumbent Chief Minister had often called his ‘younger brother’ has now turned into Dr. Sangma’s chief nemesis who is now spearheading the current move to topple him.
One may ask here as to what went wrong in this relationship that has led to Saleng making a volte face with regard to the Chief Minister. Matters came to a head during 2013 State Assembly elections that wherein Saleng, much to his surprise, was not given the Congress ticket to contest these elections. Saleng was the C&RD Minister and a Congressman then.
Dr. Sangma, at that time had said that tickets were being given to candidates based on their ‘winning ability’. Much to Saleng’s dismay, it was deemed that his winning ability was not up to the mark thus forcing him to contest the elections as an independent candidate, an election which he won in spite of the travails he had to face.
In the present day scenario, Saleng’s relation with Dr. Sangma is one of open hostility with Saleng himself stating that his one aim is to see that Dr. Sangma does not occupy the august chair of the Chief Minister of Meghalaya. “I don’t want anything out of this, all I want is that Mukul be out from the Chief Minister’s chair,” said Saleng in an interview with Meghalaya Times.
SHILLONG, Aug 25: Even as the flood situation in West Garo Hills took a grim turn with the rising levels of water in Brahmaputra in Assam inundated many districts and the Jinjiram River in the plain belt areas of West Garo Hills (WGH) swelling and flooding several villages in Selsella and Tikrikilla Blocks of WGH, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), WGH, Pravin Bakshi has informed of the measures taken by the district administration to deal with the situation.
Stating that reports indicate that 92 villages in Selsella C&RD Block are severely affected and 30 villages are affected partially with some villages under Tikrikilla Block partially submerged, Bakshi said that the Meghalaya Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs visited the affected areas on Sunday and took stock of the situation. He also informed that in his meeting with the Minister, the list of partially and substantially or fully submerged villages was handed over to the Minister.
TURA, Aug 25: After the kidnapping of two employees of the State Bank of India (SBI), a major revamp may be on the way for the bank as it seeks to ensure safety to its employees. Sources from within the bank have hinted at merging of 14 branches, mostly in sensitive areas owing to the security threat posed by the rising cases of kidnapping within the region. If the move succeeds then places like Gasuapara, Songsak, Rongara, Mangsang, Mendal, Dadenggre and Jengjal amongst others will merge with other branches and form separate units.
One branch, Samanda, has already been operating in the town of Williamnagar for the past two years after threats of dacoits and militants rendered the branch unable to operate.
Shillong, Aug 24: The Meghalaya Congress dissident group is leaving no stone unturned to topple Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma as MPCC Chief Dr DD Lapang and former Chief Minister Salseng C Marak have joined forces, bolstering the numbers substantially of the dissident group.
Sources informed that both the former Chief Ministers left for New Delhi on Sunday to seek audience with AICC Chief.
Sources also added that the numbers are now heavily staked against Dr Sangma as he is left with only his brother Zenith Sangma, wife Dikkanchi Shira, Clement Marak, AT Mondal, AL Hek, Sniawbhalang Dhar, Limison D Sangma and Cherak Momin. Remaining of the Congress legislators are now with the dissident group.