KAAC members take oath, race for CEM starts

From a Correspondent

Premila Beypi in the Forefront to be next CEM.

DIPHU, Jan 11: The 26 newly-elected members of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) on Wednesday took the oath of office at the KAAC Session Hall at Diphu. Karbi Anglong deputy commissioner Rakesh Kumar administered the oath of office.

The KAAC members took the oath in Karbi, Assamese, English, Tiwa and Boro languages. Out of 26 members, 15 belong to the Congress, eight to the People’s Alliance for Peace Agreement (PAPA) while three are independent.

The members who took the oath of office are Joyram Ingleng, D. Uphing Maslai, Prodip Rongpi, Rupsing Teron, Tuliram Ronghang, Mongolsing Timung, Alice Engtipi, Premola Beypi, Bidyasing Rongpi, Ashok Teron, Bhubon Chandra Terang, Prodip Difusa, Longki Timung, Jivan Chandra Pathak and Raton Engti of the Congress, Horensing Bey, Kangjang Terang, Robinson Kro, Dorsing Ronghang, Bidyasing Tokbi, Semson Tisso, Jagat Sing Engti and Surya Rongphar of PAPA, while Dhonsing Kro, Prodip Singnar and Sarat Brahma are independent members.

Sources said, Veterinary and Hills Area Development Minister Khorsing Engti is putting in every effort to make his wife Premola Beypi the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of KAAC. If necessary, he will try to have an understanding with the PAPA members in this regard, alleged sources. Election for post of KAAC chairman will take place on January 13.

On the other hand, PAPA chairman Horensing Bey told mediapersons after the oath-taking ceremony,“The State Government hatched a conspiracy against us. We were not given ample opportunity to convey the message of the Memorandum of Settlement (MoS), which was signed between the Centre, the State Government and the United People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS), to the people. Immediately after the arms-laying down ceremony the election notification was issued. We did not get sufficient time to reach out to the people in the remote areas due to which we could not get a majority in the polls.”

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