Tura, mar 26: One of the mainstays of the National People’s Party and former EM, Dipul Marak was today chosen unopposed to the post of the Chief Executive Member (CEM) after the resignation of the former Congress led alliance.
The move comes after the defection of a huge number of former Congress member as well as independent MDCs which bolstered the numbers of the NPP led alliance. The extent of the damage to the Congress can be gauged from the fact that from enjoying a comfortable majority, it now has only 9 members of the GHADC.
After the hullabaloo of a few months which saw a change in the rule of the NPP led alliance to that of the Congress led front, Dipul Marak (who represents Rochonpara) was elected unopposed to the position of the CEM today paving the way for the NPP to take over the reins from the Congress.
Dipul was the only candidate to file his nomination for the CEM and thus was elected unopposed a result that was declared by the deputy chairman of the house of 29 MDCs, Mettrinson G Momin. Most of the Congress MDC, other than Ismail Marak gave the morning session the short shrift. Ismail however disappeared soon during the session itself.
During the voting 20 members supported Dipul while only 8 stood by with Boston Marak, the former CEM of the Congress led GHADC. Boston was conspicuous by his absence during the session.
The change in guard in the GHADC has also laid to uncertainty for the position of Chairperson, with a change from Sadhiarani Sangma (the first woman chairperson) to that possibly of Denang T Sangma being the likely outcome.
Boston had earlier engineered the collapse of the NPP led EC of the GHADC last year.
Boston had switched over to the Congress fold with a handful of MDCs from the ruling benches and was rewarded with the CEM position. His luck ran out on Mar when the Congress led state government was thrown out of power in the state with the same resonating to the GHADC where there are no anti defection laws to curb the movement of elected representatives.
The Congress was down to single digits by the time Boston submitted his resignation to the governor. Ganga Prasad last Saturday.