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Rymbai out, Lapang back

Shillong, March 10
J D Rymbai today quit as Meghalaya Chief Minister at the directive of the central leadership of Congress after a brief tenure of eight months, and veteran leader D D Lapang was sworn in to replace him.

Lapang returned to the post he had quit last year in the wake of dissidence among party MLAs.

Rymbai had yesterday refused to act on the Congress leadership’s directive but changed his mind this morning after a meeting with senior leader and Union Minister P R Dasmunsi.

Ten ministers, including seven from the Congress, were sworn in as part of the new Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition government.

Governor M M Jacob administered the oaths of office and secrecy to Lapang and his ministers at a simple ceremony in Raj Bhavan.

The three other ministers belong to regional allies — United Democratic Party, Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement and Meghalaya Democratic Party.

Lapang, who was elected the new leader of the Congress Legislature Party earlier in the day, staked claim for the post when he called on Jacob shortly after Rymbai put in his papers and went into a huddle with his supporters. — PTI

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