Nagaon, Sept. 15: The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council headed towards a new crisis as its 20 Congress members demanded resignation of chief executive member Jayram Engleng at a meeting in Diphu this evening.
A high-level party source said the separate state issue and a clash between Engleng and Congress Lok Sabha member from Diphu, Biren Singh Engti, had led to the development.
The clamour for Engleng’s resignation began on Friday after a group of elected Congress members decided to move the party leadership on the issue. The group prepared a letter to party high command, signed by all the 20 Congress members in the council, except Engleng.
The council has 26 elected and four nominated members. Of the 26 elected members, the Congress had 18. The number came down to 17 after senior executive member Bhubon Teron died a couple of months ago. The four nominated members are also from the Congress.
The crisis in the council pushed the party leadership to call an emergency parliamentary committee meeting in Diphu this evening.
Council chairman Dhansingh Kro today said he had not officially received the no-confidence letter. (Though he had signed the letter as a member).
“When we get the letter, we will forward it to the governor, who will then direct us to call an emergency council session where the present chief might establish his strength. If the chief resigns, the governor will be informed and he would later direct us to call a session to elect a new chief executive member,” Kro said.
Engleng is the fourth chief executive member since the Congress regained power in the council in 2001. Engleng, who succeeded Sum Ranghang, took charge in 2009.
The Congress, after coming to power for the third consecutive term, urged the leadership to give Engleng the chance to continue as the chief executive member.
“Selection of the new chief executive member depends on the resignation of Engleng,” a a source in the party said.
“We hope Engleng will resign, followed by a new council session where a new chief executive member will be elected or selected. The process will start next week and if everything goes well, then all administrative formalities will be completed before Durga Puja,” the source said.
Engleng was silent on the matter.