Meghalaya | KHADC imbroglio: PN Syiem questions govt, guv over decision to elect new CEM, chairman

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Shillong, Mar 14:

Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) chairman, Pynshngaiñ N. Syiem has questioned the decision of the State Government and Governor, Tathagata Roy to fix the date for the election of the post of the Chairman and Chief Executive Member (CEM) when they are yet to fall vacant.

Talking to reporters here today, Syiem said that he (Latiplang Kharkongor) is still the CEM since he has neither resigned nor removed by way of no-confidence motion nor has the term of the present House ended.

"At the same time, I am still the chairman since I am yet to vacate the post by way of resigning and the tenure of the present House has not yet ended. The chairman can be moved by way of resolution 107 of the AD Rules," Syiem said.

Meanwhile, he also questioned the decision of the Government to invoke the Administrator Rule's (AR) when the matter is still pending in the court.

"The decision to revoke the AR only proves that the Government's decision was wrong. It also proves that Kharkongor was right to file the petition in the high court to challenge the decision of invoking AR in the council," Syiem said.

Meanwhile, he observed that the petition filed by Kharkongor in the high court was to revoke the AR. "Both of us should be allowed to continue as the CEM and Chairman since Government has now revoked the AR," he said.

According to KHADC chairman, the Governor does not have the discretion to go against the elected bodies.

"I have a strong fear that this decision of the Government and the Governor to go against the rules would dilute the autonomous status of the KHADC," Syiem said.

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"We are not hungry for power. We are concerned about the freedom of the Council," Syiem said.

The KHADC chairman also maintained that he is not speaking about the numbers and justified that what he was trying to reflect is the legal aspect of this whole matter.

When asked if he would approach the court to seek redressal against the decision of the Government, he said that he will wait to see the outcome of the petition of Kharkongor since the hearing has been fixed on March 18.

Earlier on Friday, the State Government has revoked the administrator's rule (Governor's Rule) in Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and has decided to convene a two-day special session to elect the new chairman and chief executive member (CEM) of the Council.

The notification had informed that governor has decided to summon a meeting of the KHADC on March 17 and March 18 for holding the elections to the posts of chairman and chief executive member of the Council respectively.