Shillong, Aug. 3: Contrary to expectations, re-inducted cabinet minister Prestone Tynsong has been given smaller portfolios in comparison to what he had held prior to being axed from the Mukul Sangma-led Meghalaya United Alliance government in June this year.
Sources said Tynsong, who was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor R.S. Mooshahary at Raj Bhavan yesterday, is now the new minister in charge of forests and environment, border area development and sericulture and weaving.
The chief minister himself earlier held these portfolios.
However, no official communiqué has been received so far from the state government on the portfolios allocated to Tynsong.
Tynsong pleaded ignorance about the portfolios delegated to him by Sangma till this evening.
“We are all waiting for the notification to arrive. As of now, I don’t have any idea what portfolios have been allocated to me,” Tynsong told reporters in his office.
Tynsong was re-inducted yesterday nearly two months after he was dropped by Sangma for revolting against him and demanding a change in leadership.
Along with Tynsong, three others were also axed on June 6.
These included Frankenstein W. Momin, Augustine D. Marak and Founder Strong Cajee.
Till June, Tynsong was the man in charge of three crucial departments — public health engineering, general administration and municipal administration.
At present, Shitlang Pale is in charge of public health engineering, A.L. Hek of general administration and Ampareen Lyngdoh is minister of municipal administration.
Sources said it appeared that this time, the chief minister has chosen to clip Tynsong’s wings by not entrusting him with bigger departments.
Known for his deft political manoeuvres, Tynsong has been one of the key legislators in the Congress, although he was first elected only in 2003.
Yesterday, after the swearing-in ceremony, Tynsong said the bickering within the state Congress had “ended”, especially with AICC president Sonia Gandhi ruling out any further change in leadership.