A No Confidence Motion against the Congress government in Meghalaya will be taken up by the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday. The motion was admitted on Wednesday by Speaker Abu Taher Mondal.
"I have decided that the Motion of no confidence (against the Council of Minister headed by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma) will be taken up at noon tomorrow, that is September 15," Speaker A T Mondal had said.
The motion was moved by Opposition parties, including the United Democratic Party and National People's Party and the Hill State People Democratic Party, on Sept. 12.
For the motion to go through, at least 10 members in the 60-member house have to support it. On Wednesday, at least 14 members had rose in its favour.
A No Confidence Motion will also be admitted against the speaker on the last day of the autumn session i.e. Friday.
Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma held a meeting with his ministers, Congress legislators and Independent MLAs on Tuesday to make sure that the motion does not go through.
"We are optimistic about sailing through," former chief minister and Pradesh Congress Committee chief, DD Lapang, told the New Indian Express.
Leader of Opposition Donkupar Roy and 13 other legislators had moved the motion against the council of ministers headed by Mukul Sangma for "failing the people completely, including the safety and security of women and children".
This is the third time that a Congress-led government has come to the brink of being removed. Similar political unrest has taken place in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand since the latter half of 2015.