Assam defies Governor, declares district council election

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Guwahati, Oct 16 (UNI) Assam today declared election to the NC Hills district council after months of delay, ignoring objection by Governor Lt Gen Ajay Singh.

An Assam government spokesman informed that last night the Cabinet decided to hold the election and sent the decision to the Raj Bhawan for endorsement.

Incidentally, a similar decision was taken earlier and sent to the Governor which he returned last week.

The election to the district council will now be held on November 26 and December 1 while counting to the 30 member council will take place on December 4. The whole process will start from October 22.

The Assam government and the Governor had been having a friction for the past one month over the district council poll. According to the Governor, the law and order situation was not peaceful enough for the election. But this was overruled by the state government.

The election was postponed following the death of the then Chief Executive Member of the Council Purnendu Langthasa.

Several ministers today openly criticised the role of the Governor in 'blocking' the democratic process saying unless a democratic set up was in place in the district council, incidents of violence would continue.

UNI

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