Meghalaya: Dr Donkupar Roy elected as Assembly Speaker

Henrietta Strickland
March 13, 2018

In all, 35 votes were cast in favour of the confidence motion and 20 against.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma will face a floor test at a special session of the Assembly on Monday to prove his majority. Vote of one member was rejected because names of both the candidates were ticked on the ballot paper. The pro-tem speaker did not vote. However, the NPP, with 19 seats, formed an alliance with six legislators from the United Democratic Party, four from the People's Democratic Front, two each from the Hill State People's Democratic Party and the BJP, one from the Nationalist Congress Party and one Independent MLA.

To this, Conrad said since it was a vote of confidence moved by the government, there was no scope for any debate and asserted that MDA was led by NPP, while other parties had extended letters of support.

This will be the first time for the UDP chief to serve as the Speaker of the Assembly.

According to Sangma, NPP got the mandate of people after the party conveyed to voters that it had no understanding with BJP, "but the fact is that BJP is part and parcel of the government".

However, before the Speaker could put it to vote, Mukul stood up and sought to know from the ruling coalition if the present government is led by the BJP.

Praising Roy, former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said: "The post is occupied by a person who is infallible".

He said it was for the first time in the history of the state that files during the swearing-in of the new government were all saffron. The NPP stitched a non-Congress government by bringing nearly regional parties - NPP (19), United Democratic Party (6), People Democratic Front (4), Hill State People Democratic Party (2), Bharatiya Janata Party (2) and Nationalist Congress Party (1) besides 2 Independents. "Various political parties had also clearly stated they will not have any connection with the party".

The Congress had won the most number of seats - 21 - in the 60-member Meghalaya legislature when election results were announced on March 3.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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