After Assembly elections, it is now the turn of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC).
In a dramatic development on Monday, majority of the district council members (MDCs) walked away from the Boston Marak-led Executive Council (EC) to join the opposition NPP paving the way for NPP to take over reins from the ruling Congress.
Meanwhile, NPP’s Dipul R Marak, sitting MDC from Rochonpara constituency in West Garo Hills, has been elected unopposed as the new Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the GHADC.
In a house of 29 elected MDCs, Dipul commanded the support of 20 members while Boston Marak of Congress could manage to garner support of just eight MDCs.
Dipul was the only candidate to file his nomination for the CEM post in a special session of the GHADC where a near full strength NPP alliance overshadowed a virtually empty Congress camp.
The new NPP-led Garo Hills Progressive Alliance (GHPA) in the GHADC is expected to appoint former CEM Denang T Sangma as chairman after the Budget Session that starts from Tuesday.
The alliance is also expected to reward senior NPP MDC from Damas constituency, Dolly K Sangma, with the position of deputy CEM while its alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to get two berths in the 12-member Executive Committee.
The BJP currently has three MDCs – Kurosh Marak, Bhupendra Hajong and Sofiur Rahman.
Notably, eleven months ago, NPP rebels had engineered the collapse of the then NPP-led Executive Committee headed by Denang T Sangma.
Boston went over to the Congress fold with a handful of MDCs from the ruling benches and was rewarded with the CEM position.
The opposition NPP, which was restlessly waiting for revenge, finally got their opportunity.