In a new political development, the chairman of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), PN Syiem reigned from the post on Tuesday.
Syiem submitted his resignation letter to KHADC deputy chairman Alvin Sawkmie.
“I hereby tender my resignation from the post of chairman of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council
and looking forward for the Governor of Meghalaya to accept the same at the earliest,” Syiem said in the letter.
Syiem, the former MLA of Mawsynram Constituency, who lost the Assembly elections in 2018, was elected as a member of the KHADC from Mawkhar-Pynthorumkhrah district council constituency in 2019 elections.
Syiem also held the post of Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC twice.
Earlier, KHADC chairman Syiem had questioned the validity of the decision to hold elections to the post of chairman and chief executive member (CEM), and moved the court.
The election to the KHADC chairman and CEM posts was announced in March after the lifting of the governor’s rule from the Council, which was brought under ‘suspended animation’ for over a month.
The KHADC was brought under governor’s rule on February 7 and after that Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy appointed the East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner as the ‘administrator.’
However, on March 13, the governor’s rule in KHADC was lifted by the Meghalaya government, and the date for an election of the chairman was fixed at 10 am on March 17, and the election of the CEM at 11 am on March 18.
But the Meghalaya High Court in an order on March 16 stayed elections to the post of chairman and CEM of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).