SHILLONG | March 25, 2019:
The Meghalaya High Court has upheld that Pyndapborthiaw Saibon will continue as the president of the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM).
The High Court passed the order on March 20 while hearing the petition filed by Saibon. Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir in his order said that the position held by petitioner no 2 (who in this case is Saibon) shall be maintained. He also said that Saibon shall be at liberty to act as the president till the next hearing before the bench.
Talking to reporters here today, Saibon said that they had filed the petition in the High Court on March 19.
“We have filed the petition since the Election Commission in its letter on February 07 had directed to resolve the internal rumblings within the party amicably or else by the order of the competent court,” KHNAM president said.
He said that they have submitted the copy of the order of the court to the Chief Electoral Officer and the Returning Officer not to allow Adelbert to sign the form A and form B to the candidate who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from KHNAM.
According to Saibon, they had raised this issue with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) not to allow signing the form A and B during the district council polls. “But the CEO had expressed difficulty to take any action on this matter since the ECI rules does not apply for the district councils elections,” he said.
He further said that the candidature of THS Bonney for the Lok Sabha poll is null and void. KHNAM president said that they will file a case of contempt against the CEO and the RO if they fail to respect the order passed by the court.
“I want to make it clear that we have no intention to contest the MP election since the party does not have a based across Khasi and Jaintia Hills region,” he said. Meanwhile, Saibon said that they has no plan to expel Adelbert despite his anti-parti activities.
KHNAM, formed in 2002 as a movement for change, has only one MLA (Adelbert) in the state Assembly.