Amid mounting protests over the appointment of the contentious new chief executive member (CEM) of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), highly placed sources in the Meghalaya government told EastMojo that Rakesh A Sangma will tender his resignation from the post next week.
The protesters in Garo Hills have been demanding the removal of newly-elected CEM Rakesh Sangma, claiming that his identity as an indigenous Garo is doubtful.
“The CEM of the GHADC should come from the members of the bonafide Garo tribal community,” the protestors had demanded.
Sources told EastMojo that the MDCs of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) have decided to elect a new leader, adding that Sangma will tender his resignation on Monday.
On Thursday, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma was greeted with black flags and slogans of ‘go back’, while he was returning from Damalgre Rerapara block building, at Ampati in South Garo Hills.
The CM had earlier defended the NPP CEM, stating that Rakesh Sangma was elected in a democratic way and that there was no interference from their end.
The Garo Hills-based NGOs comprising GSU, FKJGP, ADE, FAF, AYWO and NESO had opposed the appointment of MDC Rakesh ‘Newar’ Sangma as the CEM, pointing out that Rakesh and his siblings have always identified themselves as ‘Newar’ (of Nepali origin) and not ‘Sangma’ since school days. This was later changed to Newar Sangma in college.
They added that it was only prior to the GHADC elections that Rakesh filed an affidavit and started identifying himself as Rakesh A Sangma.
“We suspect that it was politically conducive for him to identify himself as a bona-fide Garo to contest the election as the seat (7 Babelapara Constituency) was a tribal majority electorate and people may not have taken very kindly to a non-tribal candidate,” they had stated.
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