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Opp slaps no-confidence notice on Mukul govt

Double trouble for Congress-led MUA-II coalition

SHILLONG: In a double trouble for the Congress-led MUA-II government, the Opposition served a notice of no-confidence motion on Monday citing overall failure of the State government.
The no-confidence motion was served against the government at a time when the resolution seeking the removal of Speaker AT Mondal was fixed for discussion on Friday.
The letter jointly signed by NPP legislator James Sangma, UDP member Jemino Mawthoh and HSPDP’s Ardent Basaiawmoit regarding the no-confidence motion was served on Monday morning.
After the call attention motion in the Assembly, James wanted to know the decision of the Speaker regarding the letter on no-confidence motion served by the Opposition parties.
However, the Speaker said the matter would be examined on Wednesday as the duration to admit the motion ranges from 24 hours to 10 days.
James later told reporters that the Congress-led government has failed on security and financial fronts, thereby plunging the State into uncertainty.
He said there were concerns over worsening law and order, especially in Garo Hills, besides attacks on women and children.
Mondal told reporters that he received the letter while he was busy chairing the Question Hour.
“Tuesday being a holiday, the matter will be taken up on Wednesday and I will examine whether it can be admitted or not,” he said, adding that if 10 members support the motion, it can be considered for discussion.
The Opposition considers that this is the time to expose the wrongdoings of the government as there is not much time left before the State goes to polls in 2018.
Sources said following the resentment among Congress legislators over the style and functioning of the Chief Minister, the move of the Opposition to topple the government is apparently supported by a section of the Congress legislators.

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