Shillong, Mar 20: Cutting across party lines, MLAs in Meghalaya today urged newly elected Speaker Bindo M Lanong to take immediate steps to construct the new Assembly building at the earliest.
The MLAs, who felicitated Mr Lanong for being elected unopposed as Speaker, felt that the need of having a permanent Assembly building following the 125-year-old structure that housed the legislative Assembly was reduced to ashes on January nine, 2001.
''Being a competent man (Lanong), we are hoping that under your leadership will have a permanent Assembly building,'' Minister (with out portfolio) Manas Chaudhuri said, while felicitating Mr Lanong. Like him many other legislators urged the Speaker to take initiatives and complete the permanent building at the earliest.
Presently, the Assembly sessions are held at the Arts and Culture auditorium within the premises Brookside, the house in Meghalaya where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore began writing his 'Shesher Kobita' in 1919.
In December eight, 2006, former Governor M M Jacob laid the foundation stone of a permanent building at a government farmland in Upper Shillong, amidst protest from various NGOs.
Later, Mr Lanong admitted that there is a need of a permanent Assembly building as earlier as possible.
''It is a desire of all of us and we would ensure that we complete the construction of the building at the earliest,'' Mr Lanong said.