UDA vows to reconstitute Executive Committee in KHADC, Dkhar files nominations for CEM post

Shillong, Nov 21: Former KHADC chief executive member, Teiñwell Dkhar on Thursday said the absence of anti-defection law was the main reason that led to the collapse of United Democratic Alliance (UDA)-led Executive Committee under his leadership.

The former CEM, who represents Shella constituency for the fourth time, vowed that the UDA would not surrender easily, but fight to reconstitute the Executive Committee.

The eight-month old UDA-led EC lost by one vote in the No-confidence motion which was moved by the opposition Congress on the second day of the winter session on Wednesday. The EC collapsed after the KHADC Chairman, Pynshngaiñlang N Syiem voted for the No-confidence motion following a tie of 14-14.

The UDA comprised of the United Democratic Party (UDP), National People’s Party (NPP), Hill State people’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Independents.

Dkhar has filed his nominations after he was again nominated by the UDA as the candidate for the election to the CEM post to be held on Friday.

Dkhar will face Independent MDC, Latiplang Kharkongor who has also filed his nominations for the CEM election, as candidate of the United Democratic Forum (UDF).

The UDF was formed by the Congress, Independents, and a faction of the NPP members and People’s Democratic Front (PDF) and claimed that they have 15 members.

After filing his nomination papers on Thursday, Dkhar said that majority of the people have supported the EC for taking up important issues.

“However, the main reason for our EC collapse was due to the absence of anti-defection law in the district council,” he said, while asserting the need to introduce the spirit of the Tenth Schedule in the Sixth Schedule to prevent instability in the functioning of the district councils.

“The UDA will not surrender easily, but fight to reconstitute the Executive Committee,” Dkhar said.