SHILLONG: NPP candidate from Nongkrem HS Shylla on Friday targeted HSPDP nominee Ardent Basaiawmoit and Independent candidate Lambor Malngiang for failing to resist the extension of MUDA building bylaws to Nongkrem and other Greater Shillong areas.
Speaking to reporters after filing his nominations on Saturday, Shylla said the Meghalaya Town and Country Planning Act, 1973, was amended in 2004 after which it was made clear that the bylaws were “applicable to the whole state except the autonomous districts”.
Shylla wanted to know what Lambor did to pursue the matter after he was elected in 2003.
Criticising Ardent, Shylla said the legislator representing Nongkrem called a public rally at Malki instead of raising the issue in the Assembly. He also blamed the HSPDP leader for not ensuring that the building bylaws did not extend to Nongkrem and other areas beyond the municipal region.
He said Ardent’s demand to introduce Articles 371A and 371G of the Constitution in Meghalaya will reduce the role of district councils like in Nagaland and Mizoram.
Shylla also said it was a foolish act on the part of Ardent to file a defamation case against him for saying the HSPDP leader had nexus with the chief minister.