MDCs seek Pynshngain’s ouster through special session

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, July 06: Seeking the removal of the incumbent Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), 16 MDCs are calling for a special session of the Council to be held for this purpose.
A delegation of MDCs from the NPP, UDP, HSPDP, PDF and an independent had met Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma to discuss the matter on Friday.

“We told the chief minister that this is the same incident which had also happened in 2009 and urged him to apply the same procedure. He has assured to examine the matter and take necessary step on this,” HSPDP MDC, HS Shylla said after meeting the Chief Minister.
He said that in 2009, 17 out of 30 MDCs have written to the Governor, who based on the request had summoned the special session of the House.
“We as per rule expressed the need to discuss the misrule and financial irregularities and other acts of commissions committed by the incumbent chief executive member PN Syiem. The rule clearly stated that the EC can be removed by majority members and as of now we have 16 members in the house of 29,” Shylla said.
Stating that they are yet to elect a leader, he said that because first we want to have a session so that we can discuss issues in the House.
Shylla however denied to have been projected as CEM saying that there was no discussion on this because as of now.
“The discussion was to have a session. When the session is convened, we will meet together and decide. We have to come through the CM as there is the DCA in the state government which will then take the matter to the Governor,” he said.
The MDCs also said that the politics in KHADC has nothing to do with political situation in the State.
Shylla also said that the PDA in KHADC is a combination of UDP, NPP, PDF, HSPDP like in the state, but the present CEM had also called the Congress to support the coalition in KHADC without consulting the partners.
“What is his intention we really don’t understand,” he said.
When it was pointed out that the present CEM has survived the no confidence twice, Shylla  however said that when there are issues that have to be raised in the House, we have to discuss it does not matter how many times.
He said that earlier they have also written to Syiem about the Rs 33 crore schemes on the need to go through proper procedures and which even executive members have expressed their displeasure over the functioning of the CEM who seemed to have been thought that the district council is his “personal property”.
Meanwhile, the MDCs asked the incumbent chief executive member to face the no-confidence motion to be moved during the proposed session.
“We expect that the CEM should not resign before the session but he should face the session so that we can discuss all issues in the House and the world should also know,” he said.
Shylla said that in the session a no confidence motion will be tabled and through the motion they will discuss all issues in the House.
“We want to pass a clear message to PN Syiem that he should not resign but first face the House,” he said.


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