An official press release recently said the Meghalaya government has promoted Deputy Cheif Minister Friday Lyngdoh to the rank of the chief minister.
Lyngdoh is the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president.
"The rank and status of Lyngdoh has been upgraded from the rank of deputy chief minister to that of chief minister. He shall continue to function as political advisor to the Chief Minister," the official notification read.
"Lapang is the real chief minister, while Lyngdoh is chief minister without any power," a senior Meghalaya minister loyal to Lapang was quoted by news agency as saying.
"In Meghalaya everything is possible. You are with one party at lunch, have dinner with a different party and are with a third party for breakfast. That is why there is so much instability in the state," said A Lyngdoh, a tribal community leader.
Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari told a TV channel, "I don't think constitutionally it is impermissible. There is a chief minister and another has been given the rank of chief minister."