Shillong, Sept 15 : The opposition Congress walked out of the House on Wednesday after the government disallowed a discussion on the need to take action against the officers involved in the killing of former general secretary of HNLC Cherishstarfield Thangkhiew.
Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh disallowed the discussion citing Rule 59 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly which prevents discussion on matters under a commission of inquiry.
Lyngdoh had earlier admitted and fixed that the short duration discussion moved by Mawlai MLA PT Sawkmie (Cong ) will be taken up on Wednesday. However, the decision was changed on grounds that the matter is sub-judice since investigation by the commission of inquiry is on.
The Assembly witnessed noisy scenes after the government denied the discussion regarding the suspension of officers involved in the killing of Thangkhiew.
Raising a point of order, Sawkmie asked the government to allow the discussion but this was disallowed by Speaker and Chief Minister by reiterating that the matter is sub- judice following the formation of judicial inquiry.
However, the Opposition referred to the reply of Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Tuesday on the matter though the same was sub-judice.
Later , after walking out of the House, the opposition members shouted slogans like ‘down down MDA, down down Conrad Sangma down down Lahkmen Rymbui” as they moved through the corridors of the Assembly and the Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma addressed the media persons on the need to suspend the police officers.
KHNAM member Adelbert Nongrum, who is part of MDA, remained in the House as he had to move a resolution on Covid issue.