KHADC Drama: Syiem justifies move; questions NPP’s ‘hurried’ decision to expel him


Shillong, Nov 25:

KHADC chairman, Pynshngain N Syiem has justified that his decision to vote in favour of the no-confidence motion moved by opposition to topple the UDP led Executive Committee (EC) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) cannot be termed as 'anti-party activities'.

"I had voted in favour of the no-confidence motion since I had listened to my conscience and the sentiments of the public as the then Executive Committee was not carrying their responsibility collectively," Syiem, who was expelled from the NPP for 'anti-party activities' said while speaking to reporters here today.

Earlier on Sunday, the disciplinary committee of the NPP had decided to expel the KHADC chairman following a week-long drama in the Council that led to the fall of the NPP-UDP coalition executive committee.

The new coalition under the umbrella of United Democratic Forum (UDF) has also managed to appoint independent MDC from Nongthymmai, Latiplang Kharkongor to post of the Chief Executive Member of the Council.


Further justifying to vote in favour of the no-confidence motion, Syiem said that they have not been elected to sit in the KHADC as per the convenient of the party adding that he will have to act to protect the sentiment of the people on different issues.

He also questioned the 'hurried' move of the NPP to expel him stating, "The party should have issued a show cause notice to allow me to explain my position. But the party has hurriedly took the decision to expel me."

Enquired if he is joining any other party, Syiem said that there are many parties that have approach him to join their party. "It will take some time before I take the final decision to join another party," he added.

Governor approves election of Kharkongor as new CEM of KHADC

Meanwhile, after rejecting state government's recommendation for administrative rule in the KHADC, Meghalaya Governor today has directed the state government to notify independent MDC, Laitplang Kharkongor as the new CEM of the KHADC.

Earlier, NPP Meghalaya State unit presisdent, Dr W.R. Kharlukhi said that the party is still examining the case of the other two MDCs — Mitchell Wankhar and Alvin Sawkmie, who is also the Deputy Chairman.

"We will be taking a call on the fate of the two MDCs in the coming days," the NPP Meghalaya State Unit president had stated. Replying to a query, Dr Kharlukhi indicated that the two MDCs are also likely to be expelled from the party.

It may be recalled that the two NPP MDCs had also voted in favour of the no-confidence motion.