Engleng likely to remain Karbi council CEM

DIPHU 15 Jan :Congress member Joy Ram Engleng is likely to hold on to his post of chief executive member (CEM) of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) this time too. Engleng beat Pator Phangcho, an Independent candidate backed by Peoples’ Alliance for Peace Agreement (PAPA), a conglomerate of 53 political parties, in the prestigious Duar-Amla constituency.

However, another faction of the party is forwarding the name of Bhubon Ch. Terang, who was the executive member and in-charge of the health, family welfare, town & country planning, town committee affairs of the KAAC. Terang won the Socheng Dhenta seat this time. tnn

“Though Joy Ram Engleng has the maximum chances of becoming the next CEM, Bhubon Ch Terang also stands a chance. The rest is in the hand of party high command in Dispur and Delhi. However, the selection will be done in a democratic way after the consent of majority of the members of autonomous council,” said a top party source.

Though the selection of the chief executive member (CEM) was slated to be before the Bhogali Bihu celebration on Sunday, it will take a few more days to complete the procedure.

The selection of the chairman for the KAAC is completed on Friday after Congress member Rupsing Teron was sworn-in the chairman of the 11th KAAC. Among the 26 winners, he was the only one who expressed the desire to become the chairman.

Mukul Kathar, election officer, Karbi Anglong district, said, “Except Rupsing Teron, no other MAC has registered any nomination for the coveted post.” Teron was the vice-chairman of the council in the last council.

The Congress, which has come to power for the third consecutive term, has 15 winners followed by eight from PAPA. The other three were Independent candidates, one backed by an alliance and two dissident Congress leaders – Pradip Singnar and Dhonsing Kro.

PAPA-backed United Peoples’ Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) joint secretary Surjya Rongpher said, “We got very little time for the election but we will continue our democratic struggle for the proposed territorial council.

The conscious section of society voted for us. If we had time to make people aware about our peace pact with the Centre, we would have fared well.”
It was the first KAAC polls after the UPDS signed a peace pact with Delhi.

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