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UDA members to boycott meeting on Sixth Schedule Amendment

Shillong, Jan 15: The MDCs of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) will boycott a meeting called by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) to discuss on the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule.
CEM Latiplang Kharkongor has convened a meeting of MDCs and different stakeholders on Thursday. The meeting is scheduled ahead of the visit of the Rajya Sabha MP and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, Anand Sharma to Shillong.
Former Deputy CEM Pyniaid Sing Syiem today said that the UDA will not attend the meeting. “We have received communication from the UDA members who have expressed their unwillingness to attend the meeting on grounds that the meeting called by Kharkongor is baseless because the CEM has not got the recognition of the state government.”
Syiem said that the previous EC led by UDA has already taken up the issue with regards to the proposed amendment on the sixth schedule. He said the former EC under the leadership of Teiñwell Dkhar led by Home Minister James Sangma already met the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee in Delhi where they have also submitted an official letter with all the suggestions and views.
Another reason cited by Syiem for not attending the meet is because during the winter session the EC led by UDA on November 19, 2019, had passed an official resolution on the proposed Sixth Schedule amendment. He said we had unanimously opposed the unrepresented tribes from the five nominated MDCs and had proposed the number of seats where 35 will be the elected members and 2 nominated including one woman from the nominated members.
“The UDA will stick to what was decided unanimously by all the 29 members in the house with regards to the proposed Sixth Schedule amendment,” he added.
He further maintained that the UDF at present has only the ‘CEM elect’ without any recognition from the DCA department which he compared him (Kharkongor) to a Sordar of a village elected by the people but without any Sanad from the Syiem.
“The claimed of the UDF to lead an EC is also misleading because they don’t even have the two EMs as per the ADC rules 19,” he added. He stated that if the UDF has a full-fledge EC then as per procedure the UDA needs 20 members to demand a special session for the election of a new CEM.
He, however, said that since there is no full-fledged EC till date after the collapse of the UDA the people are suffering owing to this crisis in the KHADC.
“We have informed the government about the situation that in the house of 29 the UDA has now absolute majority with 16 members and the Governor can any time call for a special session in this regards,” he said, adding that now the matter lies with the government if it gives the special session or bring an administrator rule in the KHADC.