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UDP to meet on power crisis amid demand for removal of Meghalaya Power Minister

James is the eldest brother of Chief Minister and NPP national president, Conrad Sangma. The NPP is leading the six party-led MDA government with BJP in the coalition government.

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Shillong: The United Democratic Party (UDP), a key ally in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, has decided to hold an internal meeting to discuss crucial issues, including the burgeoning power crisis in the State.

The proposed internal meeting of the UDP, which the date is yet to fix, is significant in the wake of the demand of Party to relieve the Power portfolio from senior National People’s Party (NPP) minister, James Sangma and Arun Kumar Khembavi as Chairman cum Managing Director of Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL).

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James is the eldest brother of Chief Minister and NPP national president, Conrad Sangma. The NPP is leading the six party-led MDA government with BJP in the coalition government.

“We would be holding the meeting as soon as all the members are in the State Capital. We haven’t decided on any date for the meeting so far,” UDP president, Metbah Lyngdoh, who is also the Assembly Speaker, said.

One of the key issues that would be discussed in the UDP’s meeting is the power crisis and there is dissent across the alliance partners on the manner the crisis is being handled by the incumbent Power Minister, James.

The UDP Chief, meanwhile, has kept his cards close to his heart and didn’t reveal much and said that it’s a routine meeting that the party is convening.

On the other hand, the UDP said that the party stands firm on its demand to relieve James as Power Minister and Khembavi as Chairman cum Managing Director of MeECL.

“The party stands firm on its call for reasons that will be taken up as and when the Chief Minister, who is the Chairman of MDA is available for discussion,” UDP vice-president Allantry Dkhar said, adding that, “as a responsible partner, we only took steps in the current direction to apprise the authorities that be, of the gravity of the situation.”

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