Autonomous District Council (ADC) Members who had been elected in the recently held ADC election in the six hill districts of Manipur seem to have lost control their cool as the state government is still dithering in constituting the six ADC councils of the 6 hill districts.
Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) had earlier sets a deadline to constitute the council by July 25 failing which a hill district bandh on July 27 has been announced.
Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club today afternoon, an elected representative of Ukhrul ADC, Yaronsho Ngalung said that they are fed up with the government’s attitude and questions the reason for the delay in constituting the council. He demanded the government to fix a date for election of the chairman of the ADCs by electing a Presiding officer or protem speaker as according to the constitution of India.
He said if the government failed to constitute the council at the earliest there is no guarantee that the elected member may undergo various forms of democratic agitation.
According to information received by the elected members of the ADC, it is learnt that there is a tug-of-war between the governor of the state and the Chief Minister over the decision for nomination of members, he added.
At present the state of Manipur has 6 autonomous district councils and each autonomous district councils has a total of 24 elected members. Besides this 2 members each will be nominated for each council. Yaronsho Ngalung, an NPF candidate, said that as according to the provisions of the Indian constitution, the Governor is the competent authority to nominate the two members of each council and that too according to the recommendation made by the Council. However the nominated members do not have the right to cast vote at the time of taking up no confidence motion.
The ADC member further added that a few elected members were taken oath on July 13 and the remaining members later yesterday . There is no proceedings for constitution of the council. He also said that ADC is a local self government and the local self government is the root for success of the democracy.