Meghalaya govt will collapse any moment: Assam minister

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Guwahati, Mar 23: Less than a week after the Congress government in Meghalaya exited from power, Assam Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma today exuded confidence that the party will regain the power seat in Shillong soon.

Talking to reporters here, Dr Sharma said, ''The Congress will definitely regain power in Meghalaya. We will stake claim once we have the majority legislators. ''The present government is likely to collapse at any moment,'' he added.

Taking a dig at former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, who returned to Meghalaya politics with the recent Assembly polls, Dr Sharma said, ''Mr Sangma claims to be the leader of NE. But with the type of family politics he is patronising, he has lost the little respect he commanded.'' Mr Sangma had fielded his two sons for the just concluded Assembly polls, with the father-son trio winning their respective seats.

Dr Sharma said, ''The family politics Mr Sangma is promoting is not seen anywhere in NE. Helping one son enter politics is understood , but trying to bring the entire family is not appreciated.'' He said the party was focusing on next year's general elections and added, ''The Congress will sweep the Lok Sabha polls in NE and the people's confidence in us will be proved again.'' Dr Sharma, however, stressed that Assam Congress leaders did not interfere in the functioning of the party in the neighbouring state and the party had its mechanism to resolve any issue that may arise.

''No state Congress meddles in the affairs of the other state. We have our central leaders to resolve conflicts and issues,'' he said.


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