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Meghalaya guv urged to disqualify former parl secys

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

governor Ganga Prasad was today urged to disqualify the 17 MLAs who were parliamentary secretaries before the high quashed the Act that appointed them.

Madal Sumer, on whose the high had quashed the Act last week, requested the governor to disqualify even the two MLAs who were now ministers but had been parliamentary secretaries earlier.

In a representation, Sumre appealed to the governor to exercise the power vested on him by Article 192 of the Constitution and "set things right by taking a decision on the issue of disqualification of the 17 MLAs".

Article 192 deals with disqualification of a member of a state legislature.

Quashing the Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2005, the high had allowed the governor to take a decision on the disqualification of parliamentary secretaries as members of the Assembly.

"The decision of the governor in this regard, on the basis of the opinion of the Election Commission, is final," the judgement of November 9 read.

Although all of them had resigned en mass the same day as parliamentary secretaries, Sumer said the order does not allow them to continue as MLAs.

Of the 17 MLAs, Comingone Ymbon and Celestine Lyngdoh were inducted in the cabinet by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma earlier this year.

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First Published: Mon, November 13 2017. 21:28 IST