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Youth Congress protest over Dipul’s refusal to resign from GHADC

Tura, Nov 29: The Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) surrounded the offices of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) today in protest against the refusal of the National People’s Party (NPP) led Executive Committee to resign to surrender power in the Council after losing the election to the post of Deputy Chairman and walking out of a trust vote.
On Wednesday, members of the Ruling led by Chief Executive Member (CEM), Dipul Marak walked out of the GHADC fearing a defeat in the no confidence motion to the Congress led opposition, after losing the preceding election to the Deputy Chairman’s post.
The MPYC gheraoed the GHADC to protest against Dipul Marak’s actions and his refusal to resign even after the defeat.
“This is an absolute and blatant disregard for the democratic process. Their EC has already been voted out. They brought this upon themselves by their incompetence. Moreover, there was even an attempt to manipulate the number of votes. They should understand that GHADC is not their personal property where they can do anything at will,” said MPYC president, Richard Marak.
The Congress members further alleged that the NPP is now trying to subvert the process of tendering for the haats, etc, by illegal means.
“They are trying to allot these without free and fair process and signing the orders backdated, which would not be the first time,” added Marak.
“Our sources also tell us that certain high ranking staff members are doing the bidding of the Minister for District Council Affairs, James Sangma, on the promise of promotions and other benefits thereby allowing Dipul Marak and his EC to break the rules and loot the GHADC,” he further alleged.
The protestors demanded that the Dipul Marak led EC takes responsibility and resign following the very laws that they took oath to uphold when they were voted as MDCs.