GHADC Drama: Sangma sullies reputation of Chairman’s post by walking out, says Congress
TURA | Nov 27, 2019:
As expected, the session in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) witnessed a scene of high drama when the ruling coalition, led by the NPP, staged a walk-out ahead of the trust vote and right after losing an election to the post of deputy chairman to the Congress-led opposition's candidate.
The ruling disposition, headed by the CEM, Dipul Marak, had appeared confident of sailing through but what transpired through the day left NPP led coalition in a minority.
The sudden walkout of the NPP members as well as the Chairman did not go down well with the opposition who questioned the move of Denang T Sangma to not continue with the session.
"This is unparliamentary to say the least. The post of the chairman is apolitical and by walking out along with the rest, he has sullied the reputation of the post. This is going to set a very bad precedent. We will seek legal recourse if necessary," said Congress MDC, Stevie Marak, after the session.
On Monday, Nov 25, opposition members led by the Congress had sought a non confidence motion against the NPP led EC, which was due to be held today.
The NPP led EC then moved to impeach one of the members of the party, who is also the deputy chairman, Mettrinson Momin, after he had joined the ranks of the opposition Congress and helped in toppling the previous NPP led EC. Mettrinson had been one of the signatories in the move for a no confidence motion on Monday for the three day session.
During the elections held this afternoon between the NPP led alliance's Augustine Marak and the Congress backed Mettrinson, Momin secured 15 votes to 13 for Augustine with one vote being deemed invalid.