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Speaker grants one month time to NCP ‘defectors’


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By Our Reporter

SHILLONG: The State Assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope has rejected the request of the defected NCP legislators to give them two-month time to reply to the complaint lodged by NCP legislator Sanbor Shullai.

Informing this here on Saturday, Pyngrope said that he, however, granted one-month time for them to send their responses “since several legislators are in their respective constituencies in Garo Hills.”

On November 12, the ‘defected’ NCP legislators sought two months’ time to respond to the complaint lodged by Shulllai.

Shulllai lodged the complaint with Pyngrope seeking disqualification of 11 legislators who had joined the newly-formed National People’s Party (NPP).

It was on August 24 that the NCP legislators except Shullai and Adolf Hitelr Marak joined the newly formed NPP.

Four legislators – Omillo Sangma, Nihim Shira , Marcuise Marak and Phillipole Marak – recently sent letters to the Assembly Speaker seeking more time to reply.

By giving only one month’s time for the defected legislators to reply, the Speaker wants to dispose off the case soon after the Assembly session next month.

The three-day winter session will conclude on December 14.

According to sources, if the duration of two months is allowed, the defected legislators will have time till January 12 and by this time, the announcement of elections would have been made by the Election Commission.After the announcements of the election date, even if the defectors are disqualified, this would not make any impact, thereby defeating the very purpose of the complaint lodged by the NCP.

Earlier, the NPP leader PA Sangma said that there was no ground for disqualifying the defected legislators.


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