James K Sangma, who was allegedly involved in large-scale corruption, was dropped as the home (police) minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday. Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma took the decision after being pressurised by Ministers of UDP and PDF partners of the MDA coalition government who started to register their protest against James K Sangma.
The district council affairs portfolio has also been taken away James Sangma.
A notification issued by Meghalaya chief secretary MS Rao on Tuesday stated Lahkmen Rymbai is the new home (police) minister.
After reallocating of portfolios, minister James K Sangma now has taxation, power, food, civil supplies & consumer affairs, law, information & public relations departments.
It needs to be mentioned here that, Alexander Laloo Hek retains health & family welfare department. The minister also has a home (jail) and home (passport), arts & culture departments.
Minister Hamletson Dohling has been given the responsibility of district council affairs, urban affairs, municipal administration and information technology departments.
Minister James Sangma also had been imposed with allegations that he misbehaved with journalists on January 6 and has neither tendered an apology for nor replied to the journalists’ queries till date.
The minister was also seen using “unpleasant words” when eight journalists wanted to ask him questions on a number of issues on January 6.
But instead of taking questions, James Sangma avoided the press and alleged that one of the senior journalists blocked his way.
On January 7, the press fraternity had submitted a list of 24 questions to Sangma and demanded that he should tender an apology for his rude behaviour. However, there was no reply from the minister even after one week.