Meghalaya govt to recommend for Admin’s Rule in KHADC for the second time


SHILLONG | Dec 10:

The Meghalaya Cabinet today decided to recommend again to the Governor, Tathagata Roy for invoking of Administrator's Rule in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).

"We have decided to recommend invoking of Administrator Rule's based on the fact that there is instability in the KHADC. The prevailing situation is not good since there is lack of clarity uncertainty and instability in the Council," Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma told reporters after the Cabinet meeting here today.

He pointed out there has been moment that has taken place and one of the MDCs from one of the group shifted allegiance to another group which again tilted the entire equation.

"In a scenario like this, we have given a briefing and taken all the issues into account and accordingly taken a decision and forwarded a decision to the Governor for his necessary approval," Sangma said.

Meghalaya Chief Minister further observed that  few days back there were certain numbers on one side adding that within a week's time, there was change in the number game.

"In this kind of situation, the most appropriate thing that the State Government feels that the Governor should decide is to have an administrator rule," Sangma said.

When asked if this decision of the Cabinet goes against the judicial review since the matter is pending in the court, he said that the court has given its standing saying that the Governor can give his decision whatever maybe the outcome of this case.

It may be recalled that the strength of the UDA has increased to 15 in the House of 29 following the decision of the Congress MDC from Mairang-Nongkhlaw, Batskhem Ryntathiang to join the alliance while the strength of United Democratic Front (UDF) has been reduced to 13 minus the chairman of the Council.

KHADC CEM, Latiplang Kharkongor had filed a petition before the High Court over the delay to approve the list of Executive Members on Thursday last.  After hearing the petition, the court had issued notice to Governor Secretariat and State Government. The petition was supposed to be heard by the High Court today.

It may be mentioned that this is the second time that the State Government recommended for imposition of Administrator Rule's in the KHADC. The State Government had earlier recommended for invoking of Administrator Rule after the UDP led United Democratic Alliance (UDA) was toppled after five members decided of the ruling alliance voted in favour of the no-confidence motion moved by the Opposition Congress.