After a stormy political break-down in the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) with the collapse of the Moonlight Pariat-led executive committee, National People’s Party (NPP) MDC from Sohmynting – Khliehtyrshi Madonbai Rymbai was elected unopposed as the new chief executive member (CEM) of the council during a special session held on Thursday.
Interestingly, the Jaintia Democratic Alliance (JDA) led by the National People’s Party (NPP) was also formed with the support of 23 members including 8 congress MDCs. The JDA also comprises of eleven NPP MDCs, three UDP and 1 BJP.
Recently, the Moonlight Pariat-led executive committee was reduced to minority when three members from his own party the United Democratic Party (UDP), eight Congress, and one Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) decided to withdrew support.
The new political development in the JHADC also reflected the visible split in the UDP, which is the main ally of the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government.
Only seven out of ten UDP MDCs, who technically are in the opposition side, are yet to extend their support to the newly formed JDA-led executive committee.
“I also appealed to them (7 UDP MDCs) to come forward and lend their support to the EC so that we could work together for the interest and welfare of the people of the region,” urged the newly appointed CEM, Madonbai Rymbai.
Meanwhile spelling out his priorities, Rymbai said that the new executive committee would ensure that the construction of the much-awaited Iawmusiang market complex is completed at the earliest.
According to him, the Council would also look at increasing the revenue collection by promoting the Markein Protected Forest at Jarain village under Amlarem Civil Sub-division as a tourist destination.
It may be mentioned here Rymbai was dropped from the JHADC chief post in 2014 following complaints of misappropriation of public money revealed by an RTI report.