Shillong (Agencies): NCP leader and former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma on Friday condemned the Congress-led Meghalaya government saying it has no "respect for democracy".

"Meghalaya has been the worst state in terms of development, and now it is the worst where there is no rule of law, no respect to democracy and no respect for the constitution," Sangma said in a press conference.

His outbreak came a day after state NCP working president E K Sangma and seven other leaders -– all elected members of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) shifted their allegiance to Congress, paving the way for the ruling party to secure power in the Garo council.

"I am happy to return to the parent party. I will be able to serve the people better from the Congress fold," E K Sangma said.

With the joining of the seven MDCs (members of district council), Congress strength went up to 18 in the 30-member GHADC.

The State Cabinet on Thursday decided to repeal Administrator rule in GHADC and summon a special session for trial of strength and subsequent installation of a popular executive council.

GHADC was put under Administrator rule since April 1 last year in the wake of a political unsteadiness set off after allegations that the ruling NCP had clasped on to power despite losing majority.

PA Sangma, however, said the state government was by force trying to set up the executive committee of the GHADC that is in violation of a recent Gauhati High Court order that had asked the government to maintain status quo.

"The Gauhati High Court had ruled that till the inquiry into the alleged financial irregularities in GHADC is over, there cannot be any installation of the executive council. The government's move to install the EC is purely violation of the court verdict. The NCP will file a contempt of court against the government," the NCP leader added.