Biswajit Daimary: Governor’s Rule in Sixth Schedule administration is not healthy for democracy
KOKRAJHAR: Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary on Thursday reiterated that the Governor’s Rule in the 6th schedule administration was not healthy for democracy and added that only elected council would ensure development of backward areas like BTC. The elected council of Hagrama Mohilary-led BTC expired on April 27 and the Governor of Assam has taken over the reins of its administration.
Talking to mediapersons at Kokrajhar Press Club, Daimary said the Governor of Assam had taken over the BTC administration in exercising the power of para 2, sub clause 6A of MoS of BTC after expiry of the elected council of Mohilary. But he said that there was provision of giving opportunity to the party which had been ruling the council till the expiry of term for one year if the situation so demanded.
Daimary said the Governor had to hear the plea of the State cabinet which favoured the BPF-led BTC administration to function as caretaker administration till elections were held. But the Governor did not give the opportunity. He said the Governor’s Rule in the 6th schedule administration was not a good sign as one could not expect the development of the region. He demanded that the State Election Commission should hold the BTC election as early as possible as only an elected council would ensure peace and development of the region. He further said that the entire BTC region was under green belt in the context of COVID-19 pandemic and hence the council election should be held within May if the situation further improved.
Meanwhile, Jagadish Sarkar and Nerswn Boro have filed PIL in Gauhati High Court against the Governor’s Rule in BTC. Sources said the court would give its verdict on May 5. On the other hand, former Rajya Sabha MP Urkhao Gwra Brahma, while talking to a section of media persons, said the Governor’s Rule in a 6th schedule administration for a long period was not a healthy sign in democracy and election should be held as early as possible.