Aizawl: Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) incumbent Chief Executive Member (CEM) Durjya Dhan Chakma of Mizo National Front (MNF) has resigned from his post, the second CEM to have resigned in six months, official sources in Mizoram said.

Earlier on March 29, MNF leader Rasik Mohan Chakma has resigned from the CEM post on voluntary grounds. 

The council information and public relations department officer Prabin Chakma said that Duryya Dhan Chakma, who assumed the CEM office on April 6, tendered his resignation to the governor on Sunday.

On September 30, at least 10 members had filed FIR against Durjya Dhan Chakma and submitted a petition to the council chairman seeking Chakma’s removal on grounds of misuse of power and defamation of the council’s reputation.

A separate FIR was also registered against Durjya Dhan Chakma for allegedly sexually molesting a woman on September 30.

Meanwhile, Durjya Dhan Chakma said that he voluntarily resigned from the CEM post for the welfare of the council and the MNF party. 

“My decision will pave way for a long-lasting solution to the prevailing political imbroglio within the MNF party and CADC. It is my ardent hope that CADC shall prosper in all corners and scale newer heights under the new leadership,” he said. 

Durjya Dhan Chakma had successfully contested the council poll held in April 2018 on MNF ticket from Kamalanagar North constituency.

The monsoon session of the council was held peacefully on Monday in the backdrop of a political crisis that has been brewing for the last one and half months.

With the resignation of Durjya Dhan Chakma, the Executive Committee stands dissolved and the monsoon session was held without transaction of any business in the absence of an Executive Committee. 

Meanwhile, MNF leader Rasik Mohan Chakma, whose disqualification was stayed, has been elected as the new leader of the legislature Party. 

Rasik Mohan Chakma was disqualified on September 20 by the council chairman Mohan Chakma for allegedly enjoying the benefit of Mizoram MLA pension as well as salary as a council member.

However, he submitted a representation stating that the power to disqualify any member of the council is vested only on the governor as the council constitution.

Following the representation, the Mizoram governor had on October 1, stated in an order that the disqualification notification issued on September 20 will cease to be operative with immediate effect.

Rasik Mohan Chakma had also moved to the Gauhati High Court over his disqualification. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. 

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