The NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government defeated the no-confidence motion moved by the opposition Congress in the State Assembly through a voice vote on Wednesday.

The Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh put the no-confidence motion to a voice vote after a discussion that lasted for about seven and half hours where MLAs from both the opposition and the ruling MDA took part in the discussion in the House.

While Congress MLAs pointed out various shortcomings and accused the MDA government of having failed on all fronts, MLAs in the ruling side defended the government.

The MLAs from the ruling parties highlighted a number of initiatives of the present MDA government led by chief minister, Conrad K Sangma.

The discussion on the no-confidence motion began at around 11.20 am and ended at around 6.45 pm.

Earlier, the opposition MLAs including Mukul Sangma alleged that the MDA government was responsible for bringing down the name and fame of the state by allowing various illegal activities to take place including transportation of coal, besides hike of amount for constructing the Ganol Hydro Electric Project.

Chief minister Sangma also replied to the discussion and refuted the Opposition’s charges even as he compared the performances as well as the law and order situation during the tenure of the previous Congress-led government and the present MDA government now.

After a long reply, the chief minister urged the Opposition to withdraw the no-confidence motion and support the initiatives of the government.

Mukul Sangma said the whole Opposition was collective in the decision not to withdraw it because the government was not willing to come clean on various allegations raised by the opposition.

Subsequently, the Speaker called for a voice vote which saw the ruling MDA defeating the Opposition’s ‘no-confidence motion.’

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