D. D. Lapang

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Dr. Donwa Dethwelson Lapang
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5th Chief Minister of Meghalaya
In office
13 May 2009 – 19 April 2010
GovernorRanjit Shekhar Mooshahary
Preceded byPresident's rule
Succeeded byMukul Sangma
In office
10 March 2007 – 19 March 2008
GovernorM. M. Jacob
Banwari Lal Joshi
Shivinder Singh Sidhu
Preceded byJ. D. Rymbai
Succeeded byDonkupar Roy
In office
4 March 2003 – 15 June 2006
GovernorM. M. Jacob
Preceded byFlinder Anderson Khonglam
Succeeded byJ. D. Rymbai
In office
5 February 1992 – 19 February 1993
GovernorMadhukar Dighe
Preceded byPresident's rule
Succeeded byS. C. Marak
Personal details
Born (1934-04-10) 10 April 1934 (age 87)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Amethyst Lynda Jomes Blah

Dr. Donwa Dethwelson Lapang (born 10 April 1934), popularly known as Dr. D. D. Lapang, is a politician from Meghalaya, India, and the ex-chief minister of Meghalaya.

He started his life as a road labourer and worked his way up to become Sub-Inspector of schools. His father's name was Donwa War. In 1958, he married Amethyst Lynda Jomes Blah.

In 1972 he became MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) from Nongpoh as an independent candidate. And later in 1992 to February, 1993 he was the state Chief Minister. On 4 March 2003 he was again sworn in as Chief Minister. He resigned from the position on 15 June 2006 due to dissidence in the coalition government.[1]

He took office as Chief Minister again in March 2007.[2] His party, the Indian National Congress, won a plurality of seats in the March 2008 state legislative election, and Lapang was sworn in as Chief Minister on 10 March 2008, but with the support of only 28 members of the 60 seat legislature, he resigned on 19 March.[3]

He became chief minister for a fourth time on 13 May 2009, after the state was under President's Rule for two months, and resigned on 19 April 2010.[4]


  1. ^ "Sonia 'forces' Lapang exit - Rymbai is new Meghalaya CM". www.telegraphindia.com. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Apang loses power tussle". www.telegraphindia.com. 9 April 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  3. ^ "New Meghalaya CM DD Lapang decides to resign", Press Trust of India (Hindustan Times), March 19, 2008.
  4. ^ Singh, Bikash (15 September 2018). "Ex-Meghalaya Chief Minister Lapang quits Congress". The Economic Times. Retrieved 5 March 2020.

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