In a notification issued by the district council and the minority affairs department, the governor appointed the deputy commissioner of Lawngtlai district, under whose jurisdiction the CADC falls, as caretaker on his behalf.
The deputy commissioner, on behalf of the governor, would exercise ‘the functions or powers exercised by the CADC with immediate effect for a period of six months until further orders’.
The notification said that the last chief executive member (CEM) Buddha Lila Chakma resigned on November 11 and the governor accepted the resignation on November 17.
Former CEM Rasik Mohan Chakma staked his claim to be the sixth CEM (third time during the current 10th CADC) after the resignation of BL Chakma.
“The governor is of the firm opinion that this constant change in administration due to political maneuvering is very damaging to the welfare of the CADC and its people,” the notification said.
Constant change in administration is certainly not what is intended in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India, which envisages effective administration of tribal areas, the notification also said.
The notification added that the absence of recruitment rules in the CADC, which has resulted in a number of irregular activities, is a violation of paragraph 2(6)(h) of the Sixth Schedule, which states that there should be rules. for the appointment of staff in the district council.
The instability in the CADC government began a few months after the 20-member CADC election held in April 2018 witnessed a hung council with the BJP, which won five seats deciding to form the government with the rival Congress party (in the center). ) which bagged seven seats, rather than its NDA ally the MNF which has eight MDC.
The post-poll alliance was forged despite strong disapproval from both Delhi and Aizawl.
Five governments in the CADC have been toppled since BJP’s Shanti Jiban Chakma was sworn in as the Chief Executive Member (CEM) on May 4, 2018, after electing the leader of the United Legislature Party (ULP), formed by the BJP and the The Congress.
The prolonged political instability prompted the state Governor to propose dissolving the current Council and bringing it under Governor’s rule at the earliest.
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However, in June this year, the Governor decided not to impose the Governor’s Rule in the CADC for the time being which avoided direct confrontation with the current MNF regime, on June 6, acceding to the opinion of the Mizoram-led council of ministers. not the chief minister. Zoramthanga.
Meanwhile, the BJP and Congress parties have demanded the dissolution of the CADC citing a frequent change in the top job due to internal political battles within the ruling MNF party.
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