SHILLONG: A day after the state government decided to impose Administrator's rule in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) in full strength met the Governor, Keshari Nath Tripathi at Raj Bhavan here on Thursday, seeking his intervention into the government decision, while terming the imposition of Administrator's rule in the KHADC as 'unconstitutional'.
Speaking to media persons soon after their meeting with the governor, the new leader of ARPA Metbah Lyngdoh said that ARPA have apprised the governor on the recommendation made by the state government with regard to the administrator's rule imposed in the KHADC.
"The government's decision is uncalled for and unconstitutional. I feel that rather than giving that kind of recommendation, the government should have recommended to convene a special session in view of the present situation going on in the district council," Lyngdoh said.
Staking his claim on the number game, the ARPA leader said, "As for ARPA, we are very much intact, all 16 of us and it's very clear that we have the majority".
Similarly, Former CEM of KHADC and member of ARPA Adelbert Nongrum was hopeful that the right decision will be taken up soon. "We have come to meet the governor to address the present issue. The matter is under examination with the governor," he added.
Slamming the state government for the recommendation made, Nongrum said "This is unjustified and unconstitutional and it is an act of suppression against the mandate of the people."
Meanwhile, the state Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi told media persons that the representation made by the ARPA was received and the matter will be looked into shortly.
"Some people have met me and I have received their representation and I will look into it," Tripathi said.
It may be reminded that the decision to impose Administrator's rule in KHADC was taken up by the state cabinet here on Wednesday. According to District Council Affairs Minister HDR Lyngdoh, the government is left with no other option but to recommend the Governor to take over the administration of KHADC.
The tussle within the KHADC started after two parties staked claims over the attainment of majority to run the council—People's Democratic Front (PDF) headed by former CEM, PN Syiem and ARPA headed by local MDC, Metbah Lyngdoh.
In view of the ongoing tussle in the KHADC, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma said that the decision is an obligation to the constitution of the country adding "Let them (MDCs) settle down and take cool decisions."