Aizawl: In a latest political development in Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC), ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) member Rasik Mohan Chakma has been disqualified as member of the district council for holding “office of profit” in violation of the council constitution and conduct of business rules, 2002, an official statement said on Monday.

The statement issued by the council’s information and public relations department said Rasik Mohan Chakma, who was a legislator of Mizoram assembly from 2003 to 2006, has drawn salary as a council member simultaneously with his MLA pension.

Following the complaints filed by a member one year ago and recently by five more members, the council chairman Mohan Chakma had on September 17 issued a show-cause notice to the member seeking his explanation.

He was given three days to give an explanation as to why he should not be disqualified for allegedly breaching the established rules, which is tantamount to “office of profit.”

 “As the explanation submitted by Rasik Mohan Chakma was found to be unsatisfactory, he has been held guilty of the charges, which prompted the chairman to disqualify him from the membership of the council,” the statement said.

All the benefits and privileges due to the member shall stand withdrawn due to his disqualification for a period of five years, it said.

The veteran politician and Chakma leader has been elected five times as member of the Chakma council from Borapansury constituency since 1993 and had become the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the council three times between 1999 and 2021.

He was elected to the state assembly while being the CEM of CADC in 2003 and resigned as a legislator in 2006 following the passing of Mizoram State Legislature Members’ (Removal of Disqualification) (Amendment) Bill 2006, which forbids a legislator to simultaneously hold the position of chief executive member of an autonomous district council.

Rasik Mohan Chakma was re-elected to the CADC in 2018 council election and assumed the office of CEM in January 2019.

He resigned from the CEM post on voluntary ground on March 29 this year to pave way for the current CEM Durjya Dhan Chakma.

The CADC was created in 1972 for the Chakma tribals living in south-western part of Mizoram. Its headquarters is located at Chawngte (Kamalanager) in Lawngtlai district.

With the disqualification of Rasik Mohan Chakma, the ruling MNF now has 18 members and the BJP has 1 in the 20-member council. 

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