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Inaccessible CM, ministers irk Cong MLAs

Eight unhappy legislators complain to MPCC chief

SHILLONG: Unhappy over the fact that the chief minister remains absent and inaccessible for long durations, a group of Congress legislators have shot off an official letter to Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president D.D. Lapang.
Lapang on Wednesday admitted that he had received a joint letter from a group of party MLAs who complained about their inability to either access the chief ministers or his cabinet colleagues.
“I have received a joint letter signed by eight party MLAs complaining about the inaccessibility of the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues. According to the MLAs, the chief minister and other cabinet ministers are not forthcoming in giving audience to them so that they can air their grievances,” Lapang said while talking to newsmen here on Wednesday.
He also admitted that the party MLAs had been flagging this problem right from the time when the budget session of the Assembly was in progress.
According to Lapang, the party legislators recently handed over the official letter requesting him to address the problem faces by them in his capacity as the party president.
The MPCC chief said that the major issue flagged by the legislators was the problems faced by the people of their respective constituency which remain unattended since the chief minister and the cabinet minister remain inaccessible.
He also said that the other  complaint raised by the MLAs was the delay in the release of funds for developmental schemes.
Lapang said that he had conveyed the message to both the chief minister and the various cabinet ministers about the grievances by the legislators.
“Both the chief minister and the cabinet ministers have assured that they will give audience to the MLAs. I am happy I have been able to resolve the problems faced by the party MLAs,” Lapang said.
Asked if the eight MLAs who had submitted the letter to him belonged to the anti-Mukul camp, Lapang denied the same and stated that the legislators ‘did not belong to any group’.
To a query on whether the demand for a change of leadership in the State was still alive, the MPCC president said he was not aware if the campaign was still on.
“Some of the legislators had flagged this issue before the AICC,” Lapang admitted, while saying that any decision on the matter will have to be taken by the party high command.

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