HAFLONG, Dec 14 - In a significant development, the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) today passed the momentous anti-defection Bill with majority support of the ruling and Opposition members.
The Bill, preapproved by the Governor of Assam, was moved by Chief Executive Member Debolal Gorlosa in the Council session chaired by Ranu Langthasa, Chairperson of the NCHAC.
Today�s session started at 11 am in the presence of almost all members of the ruling BJP and the Opposition AGP and Congress parties. It lasted for three hours with the discussion focusing on salary issues, revenue, appointments, etc., during which several questions raised by the Opposition were answered by the Chief Executive Member and other Executive Members.
Talking to media persons, Debojeet Thaosen, former CEM and sitting MAC, expressed his unhappiness over not being allotted sufficient time to study the clauses of the Bill. Nirmal Langthasa, the lone Congress MAC, expressed his apprehensions over the proper implementation of the Bill.
Samuel Changsan, Executive Member, said the anti-defection Bill has been brought in to strengthen democracy and ensure political stability in the NCHAC.
There has been persistent instability in the functioning of the Council due to the absence of an anti-defection law, which has already been in effect at the State and national levels. This has affected overall development and the cause of good governance in the NCHAC area. With a view to remedy the situation, certain changes were made in the existing rules to provide for the anti-defection law.