Shillong: Asserting that their merger with Trinamool Congress was constitutional, 10 turncoat MLAs from Congress on Wednesday filed individual replies to a show-cause notice issued by Meghalaya Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, urging him not to disqualify them.

Congress, whose count in the assembly dropped to six from 18 after former chief minister Mukul Sangma led 11 other MLAs to join the TMC, had earlier lodged a complaint with the Speaker seeking the disqualification of 10 turncoat legislators under rules of the tenth schedule of the Constitution.

Sangma, while leading nine other MLAs during the submission of replies to the show-cause notice, asserted that the merger of the Congress MLAs with the TMC fulfilled all requirements under provisions of paragraph 4 of the tenth schedule of the Constitution.

Lambasting the Congress for seeking their disqualification, Sangma said, “The petitions filed against the 10 MLAs were nothing but a reflection of the attempt to have a concocted story with complete misinterpretation and distortion of facts.”

Congress legislature party leader Ampareen Lyngdoh had said that separate petitions against two other turncoat MLAs TMC state chief Charles Pyngrope and Shitlang Pale will soon be filed.

TMC has become the principal opposition party in the Meghalaya assembly after Sangma’s political coup on November 25.

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