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Rowell supports one-post policy

Shillong, July 21: Meghalaya law minister and former chief executive member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Rowell Lyngdoh today said “personally” he agrees with the “one man-one post” principle.

He said this in response to a query from reporters on whether he subscribed to the policy that members of either the Assembly or autonomous district councils should not hold dual posts.

Lyngdoh, however, said he was not sure if there are legal provisions barring an MLA from becoming a member of district council and vice-versa.

“Though it (the idea) is quite tangible, I cannot comment much without going through the provisions of law,” said Lyngdoh, a veteran politician who was elected once as a member of KHADC in 1989 and also held the chief executive member’s post in 1992.

Asked if he would personally pursue a law to bar elected representatives from holding dual posts, Lyngdoh said: “In a democracy, it all depends on the opinion and pressure of the majority.”

The senior Congress leader, however, felt that the idea not to allow MLAs or MDCs to contest both elections to the Assembly or district councils must be mooted by political parties.

The Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO) had last week submitted to governor K.K. Paul a list of dual-post holders who have been elected members of the Assembly as well as members of autonomous district councils.

Asking the governor to disqualify them as members of the Assembly and district council, the organisation claimed that the persons were holding the posts in violation of rule 17 (1)(a) of the Assam and Meghalaya Autonomous Districts (Constitution of District Councils) Rules, 1951. It also said it violated the provisions laid down under Article 191 (1)(A) of the Constitution as amended till date.