Rymbai expands cabinet

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Shillong, Jun 19 (UNI) Meghalaya Chief Minister J D Rymbai today expanded his cabinet of ministers by inducting old and new faces.

Former Home Minister Robert G Lyndoh, E D Marak, Brening A Sangma, Prestone Tynsong Sangma, Shidlang Pale, Ms Irin Nongrum, Sengran Sangma, Manirul Islam Sarkar from Congress and Paul Lyndoh, Khun National Hyniewtrep Awakening Movement were sworn-in today.

Officiting governor Dr S S Sidhu administered the oath of office.

Among those present were Union Tribal affairs and Doner Minister P R Kyndiah, former chief minister D D Lapang, speaker Martin M Danggo.

Hill State People's Democratic Party supremo Hoping Stone Lyngdoh was conspicuous by his absence. HSPDP has two MLAs and is also an ally of the ruling Congress led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government.

Earlier, on June 16 Mr Rymbai took over as the chief minister after Mr Lapang resigned.

Two other MLAs Dr Don Kupar Roy of the United Democratic Party and Martle Nukhim of the Meghalaya Democratic Party were sworn-in with Mr Rymbai.

Later, Dr Roy was elected as deputy chief minister.

Talking to newspersons, Mr Rymbai said the portfolios would be notified tomorrow.

Mr Lapang would be chairman of Meghalaya Economic Development Council.


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