AICC secy fails to break the ice

Sangma-Syiem stand off  over dual-post continues

SHILLONG: The stalemate continues over the stand-off between the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and KHADC CEM  P N Syiem over the passing of dual post Bill as the meeting of the  Congress Co-ordination Committee on Monday failed to resolve the matter.
The meeting, chaired by AICC general secretary in charge Meghalaya V. Narayanasamy,  was attended by AICC secretary in charge MeghalayaVijay Laxmi Sadho, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, MPCC chief DD Lapang, Deputy Chief Minister RC Laloo, Cabinet Minister AL Hek and  Congress legislator Ronnie Lyngdoh.
The meeting could not iron out the differences within the party over the issue of lack of consultations before passing the dual post Bill.
Though Syiem was also part of the co-ordination committee, he did not attend the meeting as he had personally held separate meeting with the AICC general secretary earlier in the day.
Emerging from the meeting, the AICC general secretary told reporters that Syiem ) had expressed certain difficulties on his part to re-think about his stand on the dual post.
“During his deliberation with me, Syiem himself conveyed to me certain difficulties he faces on the dual post Bill,” Narayanasamy said.
The AICC leader, however, did not elaborate on the next course of action, but when asked on the continued open defiance by Syiem, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said that the AICC has time tested inherent mechanism to deal with the issue and there was no need to give any free hand to the party to take any final decision.
To a query, the Chief Minister denied having any rift with the KHADC CEM over the dual post Bill.
Asked whether MPCC will issue any show-cause notice to Syiem for his revolt against the Chief Minister, the MPCC president DD Lapang said that on his party he had apprised the matter to the High Command, and subsequently the AICC leader came to the state to assess the situation.

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