No intention to bifurcate Meghalaya: CM

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Shillong, Nov 13: Chief Minister Donkupar Roy on Thursday, Nov 13 made it clear that his government had no intention to bifurcate Meghalaya.

''The Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government has no intention to bifurcate the state,'' Dr Roy told the Assembly. He was replying to a Zero Hour Notice raised by Pynshngain N Syiem (Cong) over the memorandum submitted by Deputy Chief Minister and Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) President H S Lyngdoh to President Pratibha Patil, demanding bifurcation of Meghalaya into separate Khasi-Jaintia and Garo states.

''It is shameful to see such incidents where a responsible person (Mr Lyngdoh) of the government submits a memorandum for bifurcation of Meghalaya to the President, avoiding to bring the issue as the resolution to the House,'' Mr Syiem said.

The Chief Minister said the government had submitted only one memorandum to the President. But Mr Lyngdoh had submitted a separate letter to the President in his personal capacity.

'' The stand of the individual cannot be considered as the stand of the coalition government, nor the Common Minimum Programme of the MPA circulated to all the members, too, did not mention anything about the bifurcation of the state,'' Mr Roy further stated.

The HSPDP, an important ally of the MPA government, which has two members in the 60-member Assembly, had been demanding a bifurcation of Meghalaya.

Clearing the ''memorandum controversy'', Mr Lyngdoh said he had only submitted a letter and not a memorandum to the President.

'' I handed a letter to the President not as the Deputy Chief Minister, but as HSPDP president,'' Mr Lyngdoh said.

UNI

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