Shillong: Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh has sought comments of TMC’s Dr Mukul Sangma concerning the petition submitted by Congress Legislative Party (CLP) Leader Dr Ampareen Lyngdoh to disqualify the 12 former Congress MLAs who jumped ship to join the TMC under the 10th schedule of the Constitution.

The notice was issued on Wednesday and has sought his comments within 7 days.

The petition was submitted to the Speaker on November 29, signed by MLA Dr. Ampareen Lyngdoh, requesting for disqualification of the MLAs from the membership of the House on various counts, as required under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India read with the provisions of Rule 6 of The Members of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly (Disqualification on Ground of Defection) Rules, 1988.

The letter issued by the Commisioner and Secretary, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Andrew Simons, states that after careful examination of the petition, the Speaker has directed that a copy of the petition may be forwarded to you for obtaining your comments to the charges, with a request that your reply to the charges may kindly be furnished within seven days of the receipt of this letter.

Meanwhile, Dr Lyngdoh has shown appreciation to the Speaker for acting on the petition so swiftly.

“This is important for us that the office of the Speaker has acted promptly on my petition. The process will move forward in accordance with law and I am confident that I have justifiable grounds to seek the disqualification of the membership of Dr. Mukul Sangma and others,” she said.

The Congress leader added that she was also pleased that the Speaker has given only 7 days to the respective MLAs to respond.

“I, at this stage, do not want to comment further on the subject and shall open this discussion when the moment is right. This is a significant moment for our party,” stated Lyngdoh.

The CLP leader informed that she has lodged a complaint against all the MLAs barring two, i.e. Charles Pyngrope and Shitlang Pale. “I will also be submitting a petition of complaint against them as well, in a day or two,” she said.

The Congress MLA said in this effort, she also speak for the “conscience of others, including the right of the electorate”, to ensure that their elected representatives do not make a mockery of our democracy.

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