Nagaon, Oct. 18: Tuliram Ranghang today took charge as the chief executive member of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council a few hours after outgoing council chief Jayram’s Engleng complained to the governor about a conspiracy to oust him.
“Four major issues —separate state under Article 3, overall development of the hill district, solution to the inter-state border disputes, creation of work culture and quality education are our priority,” Ranghang said today.
“My executive body will be announced within a week and the members will take charge once the list is approved by the governor,” he added.
Engleng moved Assam governor J.B. Patnaik last night and submitted a memorandum, demanding steps against all those who allegedly “engineered the month-long conspiracy” against him.
He told reporters that even the chairman of the council has violated constitutional guidelines by replacing him as the chief of the autonomous council.
On Tuesday, the council’s special session was held and the executive body was dissolved in Engleng’s absence. Tuliram Ranghang was subsequently declared the new chief.
“The entire episode has been engineered by a minister in the Tarun Gogoi cabinet for his personal gain. I explained everything to the governor yesterday. He, in return, admitted the legitimacy of my demand,” Engleng said.
The council plunged into a crisis on September 14 after 17 elected members signed a no-confidence letter against Engleng.
On October 3, the members moved the governor, demanding a special session. The same day, Engleng moved Gauhati High Court.
The court fixed December 6 as the date of hearing on the subject. “The case is pending in court and the sessions were held bypassing the court’s order,” Engleng said.
Engleng’s supporters also claimed that the Congress leadership’s decision to bypass the high court’s recent directive is a violation of constitutional guidelines.