SHILLONG, OCT 12: A No-confidence Motion (NC) proposed to be moved against the PN Syiem-led executive committee in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) failed to get through due to lack of requisite number of members in favour of it.
Soon after the start of the first day of the Session, which was delayed by a half an hour, KHADC chairman LG Nongsiej informed that the NC proposed to be moved by the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) member Adelbert Nongrum was rejected.
“The NC cannot be accepted as it fails to get the requisite number,” Nongsiej said.
The NC was also rejected due to the division among the opposition members.
Earlier, only six opposition members from the United Democratic Party (UDP) and Hill State People Democratic Party (HSPDP) rose from their seats to support the NC except the Congress MDCs (6).
Nongrum had decided to move the NC against the ruling People Democratic Forum (PDF) executive committee for its alleged failure to address the three important issues which are affecting the indigenous community, even after passing official resolutions in the last session.
These issues are related to the demand to amend Rule 128 of the AD Rules which allows non-tribals to participate in the district council’s election process, appointment of agents for issuing of labour license and issuing of illegal trading license.
It may be mentioned here, the KHNAM has been demanding amending of the 128 Rule as according to the party it is detrimental to the socio-economic and political rights of the indigenous community.
Interestingly, the UDP also objected the seating arrangement when its member Equator Nongrang, who is supporting the ruling PDF-led EC, was made to sit in the opposition side.
“How can he (Nongrang) sits along with us in the opposition when he is supporting the EC,” UDP MDC Donkupar Sumer said while seeking a clarification from the Chairman, who simply replied that arrangement has already been made that way.
By Our Reporter