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SHILLONG | Nov 22, 2019:

The Meghalaya Government has recommended to Governor, Tathagata Roy for imposition of Administrator Rule’s in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).

Talking to reporters here today, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong said that the Government made the recommendation last night in view of the political instability in the Council.

According to the Deputy Chief Minister, the Government has no other option since both the alliance in the Council has the support of 14 MDCs each in the House of 29 excluding the Chairman.

“In view of the present political scenario, no one will be able to run the Council; be it the newly formed alliance or the old alliance,” he said.

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Earlier today, Nongthymmai independent MDC, Latiplang Kharkongor was elected as the new Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC after former CEM, Teinwell Dkhar, a candidate of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), withdrew his candidature for the post.

The UDA has the support of 14 MDCs while the newly formed United People’s Forum (UPF) has 15 MDCs including the Chairman of the KHADC, PN Syiem.

NPP president calls PN Syiem “turncoat”, party to take disciplinary action

Meanwhile, the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) in the state on Friday informed that disciplinary action will be taken against NPP MDC and KHADC Chairman, PN Syiem for “not abiding” by the party’s decision to stick with coalition partner — United Democratic Party (UDP).

“The disciplinary committee of the party would be sitting very soon to discuss the matter and take disciplinary action against Syiem,” said NPP state president, WR Kharlukhi.

Terming Syiem’s action as disrespectful, Kharlukhi called him a “turncoat”. “The decision of the party was to stick with the UDP which was not respected. He (Syiem) kept the party in the dark and failed to abide by the decision of the NPP,” said Kharlukhi.

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UDP president expresses shock over “act of betrayal” by PN Syiem

The United Democratic Party (UDP), on the other hand, has expressed shocked over the “act of betrayal” by senior party leader, PN Syiem, who is also the Chairman of the KHADC.

“I never expected this act of betrayal from a senior leader”, Meghalaya Speaker and UDP president, Metbah Lyngdoh said.

NPP terms political upheaval as Congress’ attempt to come back to power in KHADC

The NPP president, WR Kharlukhi has termed the ongoing political drama in the KHADC as the attempt of the Congress to come back to power “through the backdoor and with the help of NPP turncoat MDC (PN Syiem)”.

“The people of Khasi hills have rejected the Congress in the last elections to the KHADC but the Congress, as it’s usual self, is trying to come back to power to the KHADC through the backdoor. NPP believes in the BJP slogan of a ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ and will not allow the Congress to gain a foot hole in the state,” said Kharlukhi.

“‘The government had recommended administrative rule for the KHADC to the Governor and it is up to the Governor to make his decision,” he added.

It may be mentioned that UDP-NPP led executive committee in the KHADC was toppled after NPP MDC and Chairman of KHADC, PN Syiem voted against the alliance when they were tied at 14-14 during the no confidence motion moved by the opposition congress against the executive committee on November 20.

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