The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday defeated the no-confidence motion moved by the opposition Congress in the Assembly through a voice vote.

Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh put the no-confidence motion to a voice vote after a heated debate that lasted for several hours. MLAs from both the opposition and the ruling MDA took part in the discussion in the House.

The opposition raised numerous issues, including mining of coal and management of the COVID-19 situation, besides health-related issues.

Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma, particularly raised the coal mining and transportation issue.

Replying to the charges by the opposition, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma spoke extensively on the several developmental measures that his government has initiated for the welfare of the state. He cited that Meghalaya has been applauded as the ”second-best” state in the country for good governance.

The chief minister said the law and order situation in the state has improved and there has been a drastic drop in the cases of abduction and crime against women and children in the state.

The chief minister told the assembly that there was no illegal movement of coal from the state. He said task force were monitoring the movement of coal.