NCP awaits HC nod to form GHADC EC
By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: NCP’s ‘fate’ to from the new executive council in the trouble-torn Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) is likely to be decided next week.
The party had in September moved Court after the State Government extended Administrator’s Rule in GHADC for another six months, forcing the 18-member NCP Opposition to take legal course. The Shillong Bench of Gauhati High Court, hearing the NCP petition, asked the State Government to submit its reply as to why the same was extended in GHADC.
At the October 25 hearing, judge T Vaiphei asked for time to deliver a verdict on the issue of formation of a new GHADC Executive Council (EC).
Opposition leader and NCP leader Conrad Sangma said, “We expect the Court to deliver the verdict in our favour as extending Administrator’s Rule was a bogus decision on the part of the court.”
“We deserve to form the new EC in GHADC as we are in majority with 18 MDCs,” he added.
The State Government had earlier this year put the House under suspended animation following the frequent shift of allegiance of many MDCs. The situation deteriorated further after the State Cabinet again extended the suspended animation in September this year for another six months.
In its bid to form the new EC earlier this year, the NCP received a major boost when four Congress MDCs came to the former’s fold.
The political turmoil in GHADC started earlier this year when at least five NCP MDCs, of a total strength of 20 in the 30-member council, switched their allegiance to the opposition Congress in the last week of March.
All eyes are now set on the Court to deliver a judgement that will decide whether NCP will form the EC or whether Administrator’s Rule will continue in GHADC.
Source: The Shillong Times