Hours after the Meghalaya High Court quashed a 2005 Act for appointment of parliamentary secretaries in the state, all of them resigned today. Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma accepted their resignation letters and said the state government would decide on further course of action after examining the verdict. "Since the Act itself has been struck down and set aside, therefore, irrespective of what the government decides, all my friends holding the post of parliamentary secretary have collectively decided to submit their resignation which I have accepted," Sangma told reporters. The Meghalaya Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2005, is held invalid for want of legislative competence of the state legislature and is, therefore, struck down, a high court division bench said in the verdict. The high court allowed the state governor to take a decision on the disqualification of the parliamentary secretaries as members of the Assembly. "We have to look at the operational part of the ruling of the high court, based on which we will be able to say what is the future course of action," the chief minister said.
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