From Staff Correspondent
Shillong, Aug 3: In an apparent bid to rein in “dissidents”, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma dropped one Minister, while another is likely to face the same fate.
Sangma axed Sniawbhalang Dhar from the Cabinet on Thursday. The decision to sack the State Power Minister is understood to have been arrived during a meeting between the Chief Minister, Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) leadership, All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice president Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary CP Joshi last Saturday.
Official sources confirmed that there will be a swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhawan here on Friday where one MLA will be sworn in as a Minister. “Umsning MLA Celestine Lyngdoh will make it to the ministry,” stated an official source.
It has been learnt that Dhar’s open disclosure to support his brother-in-law for the Jowai seat in the forthcoming elections is the prime reason for the action taken against him. Jowai constituency is the seat held by present Deputy Chief Minister Dr Roytre C Laloo.
Meanwhile, as reported by The Sentinel, another senior Minister in the present Cabinet – Prestone Tynsong – too is likely to face the axe.
An official confirmed that there are two Ministers have who have been asked by the Chief Minister to be relieved from their duties, but he refused to name the two ministers.
Tynsong and Dhar refused to respond to the phone calls.
However, other Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries said that the decision came as a surprise for them.
“Sangma did not say anything about the reshuffling even in the Cabinet meeting held last night,” stated a Cabinet Minister on condition of anonymity, adding, “It is probably to bringing better co-ordination within the Cabinet.”
Dhar left the Cabinet meeting in a huff on Thursday while Tynsong was absent, thereby living sufficient space for speculations about the uneasy calm.
Till the filing of this report, the Chief Minister was with three MLAs in his chamber.