Roy elected Meghalaya Assembly Speaker

Meghalaya NPP-led MDA govt to pass full budget in upcoming budget session

Meghalaya NPP-led MDA govt to pass full budget in upcoming budget session

Prior to Sangma proving his majority in the 60-member House, Protem Speaker Timothy Dalbot Shira will preside over the session to elect the Speaker of the newly constituted tenth Meghalaya Assembly.

Former Chief Minister Donkupar Roy of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government was on Monday elected Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly.

Roy has been a member of the assembly since 1988 and represented Shella constituency in East Khasi Hills district, first as an independent and now as head of the UDP.

He is also the President of the United Democratic Party, a key partner in the National People's Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition.

Opposition Congress nominee Winnerson D Sangma secured 20 votes only.

Congratulating the new speaker, Conrad said, "I am sure that with your long experience of being a member for seven times will give us the leadership we require".

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Though the numbers might favour the ruling MDA, the Congress has not given up the fight, giving an impression that anything is possible when there is a coalition government.

After the election of the Speaker, a vote of confidence will also be tabled in the House.

The NPP, which won 19 assembly seats in the just concluded polls, is the second largest party after the Congress with 21 seats.

The NPP stitched a non-Congress government by bringing nearly regional parties - NPP (19), United Democratic Party (6), People Democratic Front (4), Hill State People Democratic Party (2), Bharatiya Janata Party (2) and Nationalist Congress Party (1) besides 2 Independents.

Khun HynAiewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) legislator Adelbert Nongrum was conspicuous by his absence. "All the political parties including the UDP, HSPDP, PDF and BJP in their letters of support submitted to the governor had clearly expressed support to the government led by Conrad K Sangma".

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