SHILLONG, July 10: The People’s Democratic Front (PDF) – led Executive Committee in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) literally crumbled with the resignation of Chief Executive Member (CEM), Pynshngain N Syiem on Tuesday.
Syiem had tendered his resignation on the very day of the special session of the KHADC as summoned by the Governor of Meghalaya, Ganga Prasad during which the Executive Committee headed by Syiem was scheduled to face a No Confidence Motion.
Syiem, who was heading a 29-member People Democratic Alliance (PDA) executive committee, quit after 17 members from different political parties including PDF decided to withdraw support and form the Khasi Hills Democratic Alliance (KHDA).
They have demanded for the emergent session to discuss allegations of financial irregularities, misrule and failure of the present CEM to convene an emergency session to discuss on the issue pertaining to the Sweepers’ Colony at Them Iew Mawlong.
During the session which started at 10 am and lasted for only few minutes, KHADC chairman LG Nongsiej informed the House that the CEM had submitted his resignation letter to him at 8.30 am.
“Therefore as per rule, we will immediately send his resignation letter to the Governor, who will accordingly give a date for the election of the new Chief Executive Member,” said Nongsiej, who also immediately adjourned the House.
However, NPP MDC from Nongkrem Hispreaching Son Shylla expressed dissatisfaction at the decision of the Chairman to adjourn the House without allowing the members to raise important issues and even threatened to move a No Confidence Motion against him as well.
Shylla later said that the CEM should not have resigned but should have faced the emergent session.
“He should have come and face the emergent session. If we are satisfied with his clarification on the issues raised by us, who knows we might change our mind and withdraw the NCM against him,” he said.
On the other hand, UDP MDC from Laitumkhrah Neil Antonio War claimed that the emergent session was demanded not with the objective of toppling the present Executive Committee.
“However, his decision not to face the session only shows that there is something behind,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, the KHADC chairman maintained that it would be up to the members whether he should continue in the post even as he informed that the Council’s session will commence from July 25.
Nongsiej, who is also PDF MDC, expressed concern over the division among the members of the party in the district council and said that it would be the duty of the PDF and its president to ensure that the present infighting is resolved at the earliest.
He also reminded that earlier Syiem, who is the chairman of the PDF, had already expressed his willingness to step down but it was the members who were not ready to accept his proposal at that time.
The PDF is having 11 members in the 29 member House.