SHILLONG: Chairman of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Pynshngain N Syiem said he was expelled as MDC of the National People’s Party (NPP) just because the Governor has rejected the state government’s recommendation for Administrator’s rule in the Council.
“I was expelled not because I voted in favour of the No-confidence motion (moved by the Congress) but because it was after the Governor has rejected the proposal of the government for imposition of Administrator’s rule in the KHADC,” Syiem told reporters here on Monday.
The disciplinary committee of the NPP in its meeting held on Sunday had said that the party has decided to expel Syiem, an MDC of Mawkhar-Pynthorumkhrah, because of his anti-party activities.
Rubbishing this claim, Syiem however said that it was also because he dared to stick to the rules while conducting the proceedings of the House in the just concluded winter session of the Council as he slammed the NPP for taking the decision without issuing any showcause notice.
“I have also conveyed my stand to the NPP Shillong City that I am not against the party but is against the functioning of the former CEM Teinwell Dkhar and Dy.CEM Pyniaid Sing Syiem. However, the party has taken the decision to expel me without waiting for the report of Shillong City,” he said.
On the other hand, the Chairman of the Council also said that the state government has been wrongly guided on the issue leading to its recommendation for imposition of Administrator’s rule in the Council.
“But we appreciate the decision of the Governor who have stuck to the rules and accordingly rejected the proposal of the government,” he said.
Stating that the present political development in the KHADC is not a new thing, Syiem said that similar situation also took place in 2005 when the then KHADC chief HS Shylla had the election by securing 15 votes while his opponent Lambor Malngiang had got 14 votes.
“But in this present case, Latiplang Kharkongor had won by 15-0,” he said.
On the other hand, Syiem also said he would continue as chairman of the KHADC as long as the present EC is enjoying the majority in the Council.
Asked, Syiem said that he is not in a hurry to join any political party while brushing aside the allegation that he may go back to the Congress.
“All these are only rumours that I may go back to the Congress or PDF or to even join the BJP. However, I prefer to continue as an independent MDC instead of taking any hasty decision to join any political party,” he said.