Shylla slams govt for deciding to go going ahead with dist council polls

SHILLONG, Jan 25: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Chief, Hispreaching Son Shylla has slammed the state government’s decision to go ahead with the council polls slated for February 27.

Shylla was peeved over the fact that the state government’s reluctance to have an anti-defection law in the autonomous district councils even as time and again MDCs are criticized for defecting from one party to another after winning elections.

“Before the elections the political parties sound confident that they will form the Executive Committee. How can you feel so when there is no anti-defection law,” the CEM said implying that the MDCs may defect once they win the election.

The CEM also wants that the delimitation of constituencies should be completed before holding the district council polls.

He said that the delimitation process should address the issue of uniformity of electorates in the constituencies.

“Now what is happening is that certain constituencies have large electorates while others have small number of voters,” Shylla said.

Shylla also rued the fact that till date not even one Bill passed by his Executive Committee has been given assent to by the Governor.

The CEM informed that the bill on ILP, The Khasi Social Custom of Lineage Act 1997 and Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Khasi Social Customs of Clan Administration Bill), 2018 is with the Governor while other legislations passed by the KHADC and sent to him for his assent has been returned.

He said that it was wrong on the part of the Governor’s Secretariat to state that the Bills passed by the autonomous district councils should be routed through the District Council Affairs Department of the state government.

“As of now the state treats the autonomous district councils as a mere government department,” an agitated Shylla said.

He said that it was an insult to contest the autonomous district council polls when the state government does not recognise the autonomy given to them in the Sixth Schedule.

On Friday, Shylla had convened a meet of all the 29 MDCs of the KHADC, to discuss on the Centre’s decision to approve the amendment of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

However, only a few MDCs turned up for the meeting.

Informing media persons, the CEM said that at the meeting there were varied views from the MDCs present.

According to him some wanted to go ahead with the MDC polls while still others wanted it to be postponed.

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