| Jayram Engleng: Ousted |
Nagaon, Oct. 16: Tuliram Ranghang is the only candidate who submitted nomination papers for the post of chief executive member of the Karbi Anglong autonomous council.
After yesterday’s setting aside of CEM Jayram Engleng, council chairman Dhansingh Kro fixed today as the only date for submission of nominations for the next chief executive member.
In tomorrow’s special council session, Ranghang will be announced the next chief executive member of the council.
Tuliram Ranghang, 40, elected from Rangkhang constituency of the autonomous council in 2011, took charge as the executive member (education) in the 13-member body headed by Jayram Engleng. Ranghang is known to be close to state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Ranghang, accompanied by 17 party members and Baithalangso legislator Mansingh Rangpi, moved council joint secretary Rupsingh Tissu at 11am, just an hour before the scheduled time, and submitted his memorandum.
Interestingly, supporters of Jayram Engleng today claimed that the Congress leadership’s decision to bypass the high court’s recent directive for the sake of lifting Ranghang to the post of CEM is a big violation of constitutional guidelines, according to the Sixth Schedule council.
“December 6 is the next date scheduled for hearing on the subject. They (Congress leadership) should wait till then. As that has not been done we think they must pay for it,” the source said.
Engleng, however, refused to reveal his plan and strategy.
“I have faith in the high court. Let us see what the court says,” Engleng told The Telegraph.
Post-Telengana, violence in the hill district led to a big internal clash among the Congress leadership in Karbi Anglong. Replacing Engleng with Ranghang is an immediate outcome of that.
“One section is strongly against any change in the system till the Lok Sabha poll as that might have a bad impact on the elections. But the second group wants a change at the risk of that,” the Congress source said.
According to the source, the entire episode could drive a wedge between the Congress and Jayram Engleng, who will ultimately contest in the Lok Sabha poll as an Independent candidate, supported by political and non-political groups which are involved in the struggle for a separate state.