MPA govt will last for three months: Congress

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Shillong, Mar 19 (UNI) The Congress today claimed that the combined Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) and United Democratic Party(UDP)-led Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) would last ''only for three months'' even as the MPA asserted that their government would complete its five-year term.

''The MPA will not last long as it is a bundle of contradictions and will not even last three months,'' former Chief Minister D D Lapang told reporters at the Raj Bhawan after submitting his resignation letter to Governor S S Sidhu.

The beleaguered Congress leader said the present MPA members, who are not happy with the functioning of the coalition government, would desert the alliance and extend support to the Congress.

''We don't need to bring them (MPA coalition partners) to the Congress and I am sure they will come to us. Just wait and watch,'' the senior Congress leader stated.

NCP general secretary Purno A Sangma, however, dismissed Mr Lapang's prediction and said, ''Mr Lapang will have to wait for five years and I am not surprised by what he said as it is in the Congress culture to topple non-Congress government.'' Admitting that there was a difference of political ideologies in the MPA, the former Lok Sabha Speaker, who was also instrumental in the formation of the MPA, said, ''Though we have different ideologies, we have to compromise sometimes and reach an understanding.'' The MPA comprises the NCP(14), UDP(11), Hill State Peoples Democratic Party(2), two Independents and one each from the BJP and the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement.

Designated Chief Minister and UDP president Dr Donkupar Roy, who was lost for words after being invited by Governor S S Sidhu to be sworn in as the next Chief Minister, said he was confident of completing the five year-term.

''Our agreement is a gentleman agreement, we should respect our own agreement like we did with the Congress,'' Dr Roy said.

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