Shillong, November 14, 2017: Ganga Prasad, the governor of Meghalaya has made it clear that he will strictly abide by Article 192 of the Constitution while deciding on the disqualification of the 17 MLAs holding the post Parliamentary Secretaries. This was informed by president of the Meghalaya Truck Owners and Operators Association (MCTOOA) Augustine Shanpru who had accompanied the petitioner on the PIL, Madal Sumer who had a meeting with the governor at Raj Bhavan yesterday to demand the disqualification of all the 17 MLAs.
“The Governor has made it clear that he will strictly follow the provisions under Article 192 of the Constitution while taking a decision on the matter,” Shanpru said while taking to newsmen. He further added that the governor also told them that he would discuss the matter with the Assembly Speaker and the Election Commission of India.
While passing its judgment, the high court, on November 9 has left the decision on the matter of disqualification to the Meghalaya Governor.
Citing the verdict of the Supreme Court in the Bimolangshu Roy versus the Assam Government case, the Meghalaya High Court had ruled that the Meghalaya Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2005, be “struck down.”
“Following the decision in Bimolangshu Roy’s case, the Meghalaya Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2005 is held invalid for want of legislative competence of the State Legislature and is, therefore, struck down,” the court had stated in its order.