SHILLONG, Dec 23: Having emerged victorious from the fray for six vacant seats of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), six new MDCs were administered their oath of office by the Judge of the District Council Court, S Kharsyiemlieh on Friday during the swearing in ceremony held at the Council’s conference hall here.
The swearing in ceremony was held in the presence of the incumbent Chief Executive Member (CEM), Pynshngain N Syiem, the Council’s Chairman LG Nongsiej besides other MDCs.
The MLAs who resigned from the post of MDC last year which include former Assembly Deputy Speaker Sanbor Shullai of the NCP and UDP leader Metbah Lyngdoh also attended the ceremony.
The new MDCs who took oath include Samlin Malngiang (HSPDP) from Nongspung-Sohiong, Ricky Shullai (NCP) from Laban-Mawprem, Kimfa Sidney Marbaniang (Congress) from Rymbrai-Jyrngam, Equator L Nongrang (UDP) from Mairang-Nongkhlaw, Blandingstar Warjri (HSPDP) from Pariong-Mawthadraishan and Hispreaching Son Shylla (UDP).
The recent bye-election was necessitated after seven legislators resigned as members of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council, following the passing of the anti-dual post Act.
The ruling People Democratic Front (PDF) executive committee is presently led by suspended Congress MLA and MDC, Pynshngainlang N Syiem who till date has refused to relinquish either one of his seats.
Shylla eanwhile informed that at the moment there is no move from his party to demand change of leadership in the KHADC.
“Whatever decision required on this has to be taken collectively at the parliamentary party,” he said while also denying that there is any offer to him to replace Syiem as CEM.
Meanwhile, the UDP leader said that the party would ensure that all the constituencies which were earlier unrepresented get an equal share from the Rs 133.12 crore special assistance grant sanctioned by the Centre.
“We will also seek clarification on the schemes proposed and approved by the state level committee (SLC) for implementation in our respective constituencies,” he said.