Nagaon, Sept. 24: The Karbi Anglong unit of the Congress has decided to take stern steps against Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council’s chief executive member Jayram Engleng as he has again refused to resign.
A party source today said the leadership was planning to move a no-confidence motion against Engleng in the next few days.
They are also planning to take steps against him for breaching party discipline.
Nineteen elected Congress members are planning to meet council chairman Dhansingh Kro tomorrow.
They will submit the no-confidence letter to him. The demanded an immediate session of the council to force Engleng to step down according to the council’s constitution.
“We hope Engleng will be honest and sincere as he is the chief of the council and one of the most responsible persons in the party. Unfortunately, his misleading announcements and refusal to obey party directives have forced us to take a tough stand against him,” the party source said.
The crisis in the council started after 19 elected members signed a no-confidence letter against Engleng and submitted it to district Congress committee president Som Ranghang, who called a parliamentary committee meeting on September 15 where Engleng was asked to step down.
He agreed to resign the next day.
Later, however, he refused to resign and the party called a second parliamentary committee meeting on September 22 where his resignation was demanded again.
Engleng agreed to do so the next morning but again refused later.
“We are closely monitoring the developments. The issue was discussed with PCC leadership. Elected members are asked to work according to the council’s act as we feel that Jayram is not interested in ending the crisis within the party,” Ranghang said.
A council source said a group of employees working in CEM-entrusted departments for years is backing Engleng for personal gain.
The group allegedly is trying to bring the matter to Dispur so that Engleng can continue as the CEM.
“We are demanding a high-level inquiry of the functioning of departments like food and civil supplies, soil conservation and irrigation. Some officers of the departments are working in Karbi Anglong for decades and maintain a nexus in the political system to continue their corruption. We want the state government to streamline the functioning of these departments immediately after a new CEM is selected,” the source said.
The sources said a daylong session of the council will be called in the next three days to select a new CEM to end the ongoing crisis.
The council’s present strength is 29 (30-1) and as 19 members (a two-third majority) are moving against the CEM, the chairman can call a session without the governor’s approval, a source said.
Sept. 15: First joint
parliamentary committee meeting asks Engleng to resign and he agrees
Sept. 18: He refuses
Sept. 19: Meets hills area development
Sept. 22: Second JPC meet seeks Engleng’s resignation again and
Sept. 24: He again
refuses to resign