After a month's political impasse of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) due to internal disputes, the council got a new Chief Executive Member (CEM) on Thursday in south Mizoram's Lawngtlai.
As per the official sources, Buddha Lila Chakma was sworn in as the new CEM after he had resigned from the office of the council chairman in the last month.
As per reports, Lawngtlai deputy commissioner, Amol Srivastava, administered the oath of office and secrecy to Buddha Lila Chakma during the swearing-in-ceremony that was organized at the CADC rest house on Thursday.
Chakma was replaced against the benefice Rasik Mohan Chakma, who was voted out in a no-confidence motion during the first council budget session that was held on the 9th of May,2022.
Previously, the state governor Hari Babu Kambhampati had suggested imposing the governor's rule in the CADC due to the inner conflicts in the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) party.
However, Kambhampati urged for the opinion of the state's council of ministers, which opposed the imposition of the governor's rule stating that it will violate the principle of democracy because the council was ruled by a single party and the inner tussle could be resolved by the party itself.
While swearing-in as the new CEM of CADC, Buddha Lila Chakma said that all the 20 council members shall work as one for the development of the Chakma area.
He adds that the development will be hard to comprehend if the members of the MNF remain busy abusing each other.
Stating that the new generation of youths who are coming out with academic degrees are giving less importance to the moral sides of personal development. And thus, Chakma announced that schools under CADC would introduce classes on moral development every Friday to overcome this problem.
He said, "The Executive Committee under my leadership will be open to constructive criticism and will welcome suggestions for corrective measures at any point in time".
He further says, "All decisions taken by my predecessors including various appointments will be honoured".
The new CEM highlighted the lack of development due to the minimum CADC's budget and assured bringing this issue to the state government and enhancing the allocation against the work component head of the budget.
Instability aroused a few months after the last council polls that were held in April 2018 witnessed a fractured mandate resulting in the formation of a coalition government by the BJP, which won 5 seats and its strong opposition Congress had bagged 7 seats.
The MNF got 8 seats in that election.
At least 5 governments have been dismantled in the CADC since Shanti Jiban Chakma of the BJP was sworn in as the first CEM in May 2018.
The BJP Congress coalition government lasted for 8 months after which the MNF formed the executive body led by Rasik Mohan Chakma with the support of 4 members from Congress.
Again in March 2021, a change of guard occurred when Rasik Mohan Chakma resigned from the office of the CEM paving way for Durjya Dhan Chakma.
He remained in the office for about 6 months and was succeeded by Rasik Mohan Chakma again.
Rasik remained in office in his second term for about 7 months.