Congress files motion on breach of privilege against Chief Minister Conrad Sangma

Shillong, Mar 12: Congress MLA, Zenith M. Sangma on Friday filed a breach of privilege motion against Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma.

In a letter to the Chief Minister, Sangma said, “I am serving the notice to inform you a motion on Breach of Privilege under Rule 158 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly will be raised by me on Monday, the 15th of March 2021.”

In the letter to the Chief Minister, the Congress legislator said that he have deliberately mislead the August House on March 9, 2021 that the government is now helpless and will be compelled to pay the NTPC @ Rs.11 crores x 12=Rs. 133 Crores per year and Rs. 133 crores x 25 years-Rs. 3325 crores for total period of 25 years for not drawing power.

Sangma said that the breach of privilege was filed for deliberately hiding the operational part of Para 2.2.4 and Para 12.0 of the PPA between NTPC and MeSEB, operational part of the Tripartite Agreement (TPA) signed on 20.03.2003 by Government of Meghalaya, Government of India and Reserve Bank of India (RBI), all of which governed the content and spirit of the PPA and by hiding the operational part of Section 26; Section 62 and other relevant Sections of The Electricity Act 2003 and thereby misleading the August House.

The Congress MLA said that on the March 9, 2021, while replying on the pending Motion, “This House do now discuss the failure of governance and deterioration of Law and Order in the State” tabled by him, the Chief Minister had said that NTPC is arm twisting the state government and stopping from buying power from other generation companies and now has to pay Rs. 133 crores to NTPC for nothing and land up paying a total of Rs. 3,325 crores to NTPC for not drawing the power from the NTPC during a period of 25 years solely due to the PPA signed between NTPC and MeSEB on the 13th July, 2007 which amounts to misleading the August House and is highly malicious to create false perception and bad taste in the House.

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