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Conrad Sangma to take over as GHADC CEM

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Oct 2015 12:00 AM GMT


Shillong, Oct 23: The formal election of Deng Sangma as the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Garo Hills Autonomous District council (GHADC) is an interim arrangement before Conrad K Sangma takes over the reins. This was confirmed by Conrad K Sangma during a telephonic interaction with The Sentinel on Friday.

Conrad K sangma said that the tiolist People’s party (NPP) and its partners do not want to break the convention of the Council where the CEM should be an elected member of the House. Deng Sangma was elected as CEM bagging 16 votes in the newly elected house of 29 members.

“We wanted to carry on with the rules and conduct of the house in electing the CEM”, stated the NPP leader, even as he said that the election of the newly appointed CEM is only a way to facilitate the procedural take over. Conrad. K Sangma is not an elected MDC, but was chosen by the alliance (NPP-GNC-two Independents) to head the Council. He is expected to take the back door entry by getting himself constitutiolly nomited by Governor on the advice of the Executive Committee (EC). Already, the mes of a nine member executive committee (EC) have been sent to the Governor for approval. Confirming about the composition of the EC and the mes of the chosen Executive Members (EMs), Conrad K Sangma categorically denied indulging in any political ploy to ensure his take over. “It’s the overall wish of the members of the alliance and I will take over as soon as the Governor gives his assent for the nomition”, Conrad K Sangma said. The NPP leader, who was once a most vocal leader of the opposition in the state Assembly shared no fear of having his members poached by rival parties spearheaded by the Congress.

“We have collectively agreed to stay intact and govern the GHADC”, asserted the NPP leader while adding that the necessary cleansing will be carry out in a time bound manner. The GHADC was plagued by innumerable graft cases in the past five years.

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