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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 12:59 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 12:59 AM (IST)

No member turns up for zila parishad meet

Can’t bring no-confidence motion for a year: ADC

Satish Seth

Kaithal, April 20

The zila parishad meeting called to consider the no-confidence motion against its chairperson Sukhvinder Kaur and vice-chairman Munish Kathwar could not transact any business today as no member turned up for the meeting.

According to provisions of Panchayati Raj Rules, 1995, if members do not turn up for the meeting even half an hour after the scheduled time, the meeting is automatically considered to have taken place and concluded with notice of no-confidence motion standing lapsed.

Capt Shakti Singh, ADC, Kamalpreet Kaur, CEO, zila parishad, and other officials concerned reached the meeting hall before the scheduled time and made arrangements to videograph proceedings.

The presence of 14 members, marking two-thirds of the 21 elected, was necessary to carry out the no-confidence motion.

Thirteen members who gave a notice for the meeting to Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Joon on April 5 reportedly held a meeting at the zila parishad office.

Since they fell short by one member, none of them went to the meeting hall, where the meeting they had sought was being held.

After the conclusion of proceedings, the ADC and other officials said a no-confidence could not be brought for one year now and the office-bearers would continue on their respective posts.

Members Shakuntal Wazir Khera and Manju Jaglan suspected that some members who wanted to attend the meeting to support the no-confidence motion were kept away at behest of the government.

They said they would explore the possibility of legal recourse to safeguard their democratic right and might knock at the door of the High Court for a meeting.

Joon said 14 members gave a signed requisition on April 5, but two of them gave in writing later that they had no problem with the present chairperson and vice-chairman.

He said arrangements were made for voting through secret ballot, but no member turned up. The ADC, in the presence of other officials, followed legal procedure to declare the outcome, he asserted.


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