Speaker refuses to impose fine on Congress MLA Zenith Sangma over allege “groundless’ privilege motion


Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh has refused to impose fine on Congress legislator from Rangsakona, Zenith Sangma for allegedly moving a “groundless” privilege motion against Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma.

Zenith Sangma had tabled a motion of breach of privilege against the Leader of the House on March 15, for allegedly misleading the House on the power purchase agreement signed with the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC) in 2007.
“After careful examination, I have decided that the matter should not proceed further and it is now closed. This is  my ruling,” Metbah said while delivering his ruling on the matter.
The Speaker had on the same day the motion was tabled informed the House that he would give his ruling on the matter at a later date based on the demand of Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Parliamentary Affairs Prestone Tynsong to impose a Rs 500 fine against the Congress MLA for tabling a groundless complaint.
Tynsong had said that the fine would set precedence and prevent such groundless motions being tabled in the Assembly in the future and save time for other important businesses to be taken up.
The privilege motion was defeated by a voice vote.