Meghalaya CM denies reports of power tussle between Sectt and Raj Bhavan over KHADC


Shillong, Nov 26:

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has denied that there is power tussle between the Secretariat and the Raj Bhavan over the imposition of Administrator's Rule in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).

"I don't see there is anything much tobe read from this development," Meghalaya Chief Minister told reporters heretoday.

According to him, they will have to see what the Governor has said in the file even as stating that the Governor may have constitutional and legal points to justify his decision to reject the recommendation made by the Government.

"Once we go through that then we will take a call on how to move forward. But I don't think one has to look at it as a tussle. The Governor has taken a call based on his view point and accordingly we will decide on how to move forward," he said.

When asked that a similar political situation is developing even in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), Sangma said, "Yes it is right the MDCs in the GHADC have made similar move after seeing the situation in the KHADC."


He, however, asserted that the situation in the GHADC is not a serious situation adding that the Government is quite sure that nothing is going to happen in the GHADC.

Talking about the situation in KHADC, he said that the political instability in the KHADC may be due to some internal issue.

"I will be meeting the MDCs today from our side. Some of the MDCs had met other political parties like UDP and HSPDP. We are trying to resolve the issues. We will try to find out what are the reasons and then do a post mortem on how to move forward," Meghalaya Chief Minister said.

To a question on debate brewing among the citizens whether it is time to do away with the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs), he said that this is not the right time to talk about the dissolution of the district councils.

According tom him, the right time todiscuss this issue was when Meghalaya got its Statehood in 1972.

"Now the district councils have come up as an institution and got its own power and own identity and own areas of jurisdiction and it has been functioning as another layer of the Government. At this point, arguing and going into that aspect is a bit too late. Timing to discuss this matter was at that time and not now," Sangma added.

He said that they are yet to go through the file on the points and issues raised by the Governor for declining to accept recommendation for imposition of Administrator's Rule in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council.

"We will decide what needs to be done after we have gone through the file notings put in by the Governor for rejecting the recommendation of the Government," Sangma said while speaking to reporters here today.