Shillong: Amid demands from alliance partner BJP for action over the illegal coal mine accident, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday rubbished suggestions of a rift in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA).

Reacting to BJP state president Ernest Mawrie’s demands that Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui step down for failing to carry out his responsibilities, Sangma said that views of one individual in the party (BJP) do not reflect the views and opinions of the entire party.

“If you look, almost 90% of the party leaders are working very closely with their MDA colleagues and other coalition partners,” Sangma said.

Sangma said there was no question of replacing Lahkmen Rymbui as the Home Minister.

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Meghalaya government has been in a spot since the January 21 incident where six persons, including three brothers, died inside a illegal coal mine after a crane carrying them snapped near Sorkari, Deinshalu Village of East Jaintia Hills district.

On the question of compensation to the families of the six workers who died in the accident, Sangma assured that action will be taken as per rules.

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