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Opposition stages walk out in Meghalaya assembly

Correspondent Shillong, Sep 15 | Publish Date: 9/15/2021 11:47:07 AM IST

The opposition Congress in Meghalaya on Wednesday staged a walk-out from the State Assembly after Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh disallowed a short-duration discussion on the demand for suspension of police officials involved in the killing of a former militant leader.

After the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma replied to a call attention motion, Congress chief whip Process T Sawkmie, rose and wanted to know from the Speaker about the fate of his short duration discussion which was not mentioned in Wednesday’s list of private members’ business.

Sawkmie pleaded with the Speaker that time be given for discussing the issue raised by him pertaining to suspension of police officers involved in the killing former Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) militant leader Cherishterfield Thangkhiew at Mawlai Kynton Massar on August 13.  In fact, the Speaker had admitted and fixed the short duration discussion, but disallowed it after he received a letter from the State government referring to the opinion of the Advocate General that the matter is sub-judice.

The Congress legislators staged a walk-out after the Speaker refused to reconsider his ruling despite their plea that they would confine their discussion only on the demand for suspension of police officials involved in the killing of the former militant leader.

Agitated with the Speaker’s sticking to his decision, the legislators also shouted anti- government slogans “MDA government down, down” . We demand justice and “Conrad Sangma hai hai,” as they walked out the well of the house.

Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma said that the demand for suspension of the concerned police officers was not a matter that could be considered sub-judice.

“From the stand of the government, it proves beyond reasonable doubt that they are hell bent on sticking to the decision that they have taken and they want to completely stonewall any possibility of discussion so that we can have a logical conclusion,” the veteran Congress legislator said.

“But most important is that the intent of the government is very clear for us. We walk-out to demonstrate our disapproval and complete sense of lack of confidence on the intent of the government,” the Leader of Opposition said before leading his party legislators to walk-out of the House.

Earlier, defending the Speaker’s decision, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, “It is not a fact that we don’t want to discuss it. There are certain constraints which even the House have to honour and see. The judicial inquiry is there and all the facts and realities will come out in the judicial inquiry. We should give a chance to the judicial inquiry to be completed”. 

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