Calls for Removal of Disqualification in Chakma Autonomous District Council

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On January 8, DoyMoy Daveng Chakma, Member of the District Council and Leader of CADC ZPM Legislature Party, addressed letters to the Mizoram Governor and the Speaker of Mizoram Legislative Assembly, urging the removal of disqualification for Rasik Mohan Chakma, the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC). The controversy revolves around alleged dual office holding, as Rasik Mohan Chakma concurrently serves as the CEM and holds the position of Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA).

The complaint, citing Rule 11 (1) of the CADC (CCB, etc) Rules, 2002, contends that a member of a District Council cannot simultaneously hold membership in another District Council or Legislative Assembly of a state. Furthermore, the rule mandates resignation from one of the positions within 21 days of publication in the official gazette, with failure to comply resulting in the automatic vacancy of the seat in the District Council.

The issue gains complexity with the spotlight on The Mizoram State Legislature Members (Removal of Disqualification) (Amendment) Act, 2006. The complaint points out the omission of Article 4 in the schedule of the principal act, prohibiting a Member of Mizoram Legislative Assembly from holding office in any Autonomous District Councils and certain positions in village councils under existing laws or regulations.

DoyMoy Daveng Chakma emphasizes the need for immediate intervention by the Governor to enforce these rules and acts against Rasik Mohan Chakma, asserting that such actions are essential for constitutional safeguarding. The complaint underscores the significance of adhering to legislative frameworks to ensure the integrity of democratic processes and prevent conflicts of interest in elected positions.

As this issue unfolds, it prompts broader discussions on the interpretation and enforcement of rules governing dual office holding, bringing to the forefront the delicate balance between regional autonomy and compliance with overarching state legislation. The outcome of this case may have implications not only for the Chakma Autonomous District Council but also for the broader understanding of governance structures within the region.

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