PTI reports:

Senior Congress leader D D Lapang was on Monday sworn in as Meghalaya Chief Minister by Governor S S Sidhu who rejected the demand of the newly-formed NCP-led Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) saying the decision was aimed at preventing horse-trading.

Stung by the Governor’s decision, the MPA led by former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma decided to move the Supreme Court tomorrow against installation of the Congress government.

The Congress is back to its dirty tricks once again with stooges for Governor just as it did in Jharkhand, Goa and Karnataka.

True Federalism can be achieved in India only when the role of the unelected Governor was abolished and the Central Government stripped of its power to overrule the will of the people. It is time to amend the Constitution to have the Chief Executive in the States elected directly by the people for a fixed tenure. Legislative fragmentation must not be the excuse for continuation anti-Federal provisions of our Constitution in the 21st century.

Offstumped Bottomline: It is time we showed the Speakers that their place in the Legislative scheme of things was not to subvert the mandate of the people but to just run the business of the house.

It is also time we booted the Geriatrics who occupy the Raj Bhawans and told them that they need to look for other avenues of employment post political retirement.

It is time we insulated the Government of the day from hung legislatures and fragmented verdicts.

It is time we directly elected the Executive and put an end to perennial dissidence.

It is time we separated the Executive from the Legislature and restored the  Checks and Balances our Democracy needs.

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