SHILLONG, Jan 04: Pyniaid Syiem who represents the Sohryngkham constituency in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has been suspended from the Hill State People’s Democratic Party which cited ‘anti –party activities’ for the decision which was made on Wednesday.
The decision was taken during the Central Executive Council (CEC) meeting of the party held on Wednesday after the member was alleged of actively canvassing for the KHNAM’s candidate during the just concluded ADC by-polls.
Addressing newsmen here, HSPDP secretary Witting Mawsor said, “We have unanimously decided to suspend him (Syiem) for two years from the party because of his anti-party activities.”
Denying the allegation on the differences between the party chief Ardent M Basaiawmoit and the Sohryngkham MDC, Mawsor said, “The action was taken after we found that he has been canvassing against our party candidate in the just concluded bye-election to the KHADC.”
On the other hand, HSPDP women’s wing president Teilinia Thangkhiew said that the party came to know from a media interview that the MDC was supporting the candidate of the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) from Laban-Mawprem constituency Bankhraw Sing Kharbuli.
“We have summoned him but he could not clarify before the party and only maintained that he would accept whatever decision is taken against him,” she said.
The party CEC member and legislator from Nongstoin, D Jyndiang meanwhile said that the decision taken was as per the constitution of the party which cites that anybody who attempts to tarnish the image of the party, action will be taken against them.
“This is to maintain discipline in the party,” he said.
Earlier, two MDCs of the party LG Nongsiej, who is now the chairman of the KHADC, and Morningstar Mawsor were also “unofficially” suspended from the party.
Reacting to a query, Jyndiang said that the two MDCs were automatically no longer members of the party when they decided to supported the PDF without the knowledge of the party.
He however said that the party is willing to forgive and welcome them back to its fold if they tender their apologies.