The autumn session of the Meghalaya Assembly beginning on Friday is expected to be stormy. The combined opposition Meghalaya People’s Front (MPF) will bring a no-confidence motion against Speaker Abu Taher Mondal. The Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government is to table a resolution in the Assembly session to ratify the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act, 2014.
The government is also expected to introduce the Meghalaya Residents Safety Security Bill, 2016. This bill will verify tenants and prevent criminals from finding shelter in the state. Also enhancement of corpus contingency fund from Rs 105 crore to Rs 205 crore to meet the increasing expenses of the state government during the five-day assembly session will be discussed.
No-confidence against Speaker
Opposition Chief Whip James Sangma has said that no-confidence motion has been served against the Speaker as he has failed in his post. This motion – the second – against Mondal is likely to be taken up in the session. Earlier, on March 25, 2015, Mondal had survived a no-confidence motion.
‘He (Mondal) has failed miserably as the head of the legislature. He couldn’t ensure that the legislative pillar of democracy is a vibrant strong, effective and productive institution,” Sangma, of the National People’s Party (NPP), said.
The opposition Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), has decided to support the no-confidence motion against Mondal. They have four members in the Assembly.
‘We will support the no-confidence motion as the party has been maintaining its stand from day one. We are against a non-indigenous person holding the office of the presiding officer of the assembly,” HSPDP legislator, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit, said.
The Congress Legislature Party has already issued a three-line whip to all its 30 legislators. In the whip, they have been directed to be present during the session. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said all members in the house know their priorities.