THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PEOPLE’S PARTY OF ARUNACHAL (PPA)
Adopted on 10th April, 1977 by All Leaders’ Conference, Pasighat and as Amended on 16th February’ 2008
Article I: NAME OF THE PARTY
1. The name of Party shall be People’s Party of Arunachal, and in short, it shall be abbreviated as PPA and the symbol of the Party shall be a Maize.
Article II: THE FLAG OF THE PARTY
1. The Fag of the Party shall be the red colour at the top signifying economic and social revolutionary spirit of the people. The symbol of Maize will be at the centre of the flag signifying the unity and integrity of as the communities of Arunachal Pradesh and at the bottom shall be light green colour signifying scientific exploitation of natural resources in a sustainable manner.
Article III: CONSTITUTION OF THE PARTY
There shall be following constituent organs of the Party:
i. People’s Assembly
ii. State Executive
iii. Advisory Council
iv District Executive
v. City Executive
vi. Sector and Village Committee
Article IV: MEMBERSHIP
1. Any person who is citizen of Arunachal Pradesh and above eighteen years of age or above and who accepts the aims objectives, and Constituting, of the Party and agrees to work for the Party organizations, to pay regularly the party membership fee arid to carry out decision of the Party shall be eligible for Party membership and safety the following conditions:
(i) New members are admitted to the party through individual application form on the recommendation of two party members. Party members who recommend an applicant must furnish the unit full information about the applicant’s personal knowledge or the concern unit may refer the application to next higher unit;
i) The State Executive has the power to directly admit new members to the party;
II) All applications for party membership must be placed before the appropriate unit within a month of their presentation and recommendation;
iii) If a leading member from another political party of local, district and state level comes to the party, such application should refers to the State Executive;
iv) Members once expelled from the party can be readmitted only by the decision of the State Executive;
v) The recommending party unit or admitting unit Shall arrange for applicants elementary education on the programmes , Constitution and the current reties of the party and observe their performance; vi) The recommending party unit or admitting unit shall arrange for applicants elementary education on the programmes, constitution and the current policies of the party and observe their performance.
vii) Membership records shall be kept under the supervision of the District and Block unit;
viii) There shall be annual check-up of party membership by the party organization to which the party member belongs. Any party member who absent from the party meeting for a continuous period of three notified meetings and without proper reason has failed to take part in party activity or to pay party dues shall be dropped from party membership;
ix) A report on check-up of party membership shall be sent to the State Executive for confirmation and registration.
2. The member shall have the right to appeal to the higher unit on decisions of dropped from party membership
Article V: RESIGNATION FROM PARTY MEMBERSHIP
1. A party member wishing to resign from the party shall summit his or her resignation to the president concern of the unit from which he or she belongs. The unit concerned may accept the same or report the matter to the next higher unit. If the resignation is on political grounds the unit may refuse to accept the resignation and may expel him.
2. In the case if a party member wishing to resign from the party is liable to be charged with serious violation of party discipline which may warrant his or her expulsion and where such a charge is substantial, the resignation may be given effect to as expulsion from the party
3. All such cases of resignation given effect to as expulsion shall be immediately reported to the higher unit and be subject to the latter’s confirmation.
4. If any elected member / members of panchayat or urban bodies, Legislative Assembly and Member of Parliament who are elected from the party wish to resign from the party shall have to submit their resignation to the president.
5. In case, if any elected member/member of panchayat/urban bodies, Legislative Assembly and Member of Parliament who are elected from the party and joined/merged with other political parties without tendering resignation and their resignation being accepted by the president, such member/members shall be deemed expelled from the party.
Article VI: PLEDGE OF THE PARTY
Every person joining the Party shall sign the Party Pledge as given in the Rules of the Constitution.
Article VII: DUTIES OF PARTY MEMBER
1. The Duties of Party members are as under:
i) To regularly participate in the activity of the party organization and to faithfully carry out the policy, decisions and the directives of the party;
ii) To observe the party Constitution and Party discipline and behave in the democratic spirit in according with social equality,
iii) To place the interests of the people, the Slate and the party above personal interests;
iv) To serve sincerely and devotedly to the masses and consistently strengthen their bonds with them, to learn from the masses and report their opinions and demands to the Party;
v) To cultivate cordial relations towards one another the constantly develop a fraternal sprit within the party,
vi) Be honest and truthful to the Party and not to betray the confidence of the party;
vii) Safeguard and be vigilant against the elements who work against regional interest; and
viii)To defend the Party and uphold the Party ideology and Slate’s interest.
2. Party organization shall ensure that above duties are being fulfilled by Party members and help thorn in every possible way in the discharging of these duties.
Article VIII: RIGHT OF THE PARTY MEMBER
Rights of the Party members are
i)To elect Party Unit Executive
ii) To participate in discussion in order to contribute to the formation of the Party Policy and of the decisions;
iii) To make Proposals regarding one’s own work in the Party:
iv) To make criticism about Party Executive;
v) When any Party member disagrees with any decision of a Party unit on organization he or she has a right to submit his or her opinion to the next higher unit. In all such cases the Party member shall carry out the party decisions and the difference shall be resolved through comradely discussions:
vi) To address any statement, appeal or complaint to any higher Party unit; and
vii) Party organizations shall see that these rights are respected.
Article IX: PRINCIPLE OF DEMOCRATIC CENTRALISM
1. The structure of the party is based on, and its internal life is guided by, the principles of democratic centralism Democratic centralism means centralized leadership based on Inner-Party democracy under the guidance of the centralized leadership. In the sphere of the party structure, the guiding principles of democratic centralism are:
i) The Executive of the Party units from top to bottom shall be elected:
ii) The minority shall carry out the decision of the majority; the lower party unit shall carry out the decisions and directives of the higher party unit the Individual shall subordinate himself to the will of the collective. All party units shall carry out the decisions and directives of the State Executive;
iii) Party units shall periodically report their work to the party unit immediately below and all lower units shall likewise report to their immediate higher unit;
iv) All higher party units shall pay constant heed to the opinions and criticism of the lower Party units and the rank-and-file Party members:
v) All Party Executives shall function strictly on the principles of collective decisions and responsibility;
vi) Questions of all India character, or concerning more than one State shall be decided upon by the State Executive. Question of district or Block character shall be decided upon by the corresponding party units. But in no case shall such decisions run counter to the decisions of higher party units. When the State Party leadership has to take a decision on any issue of major district party unit concerned; and
vii) On issue which affect the policy of the Party on State scale, but on which the Party’s standpoint is to be expressed for the first time, only the State leadership of the Party is entitled to make a policy statement. The lower units can and should send their opinions and suggestions in time for consideration by the State leadership:
viii) Free and frank discussion within the party unit on all question affecting the party, its policy and work;
ix) To activate the party members in popularizing and implementing the Party policies, to raise their ideological and political level and improve their general education so that they can effectively participate in the life and work of the Party,
x) When serious differences arise in a Party Executive, every effort should be made to arrive at an agreement. Failing this, the decision should be postponed with a view to resolving differences through further discussions, unless an immediate decision is called for by the needs of the Party; and xi) Impermissibility of factionalism and factional grouping inside the Party in any form.
Article X: PEOPLES’ ASSEMBLY
The supreme organ of the Party for the whole State shall be the peoples’ Assembly’
i) The conference of the ‘Peoples’ Assembly shall be convened by the Executive ordinary once in every three years.
ii) An extraordinary ‘Peoples’ Assembly shall be called by the State Executives when it is demanded by two-third member of State Executive.
iii) The date and venue Of the conference of the ‘People’ Assembly’ or of the extraordinary ‘Peoples’ Assembly’ shall be decided by the State Executive at a meeting especially called for the purpose.
iv)The ‘Peoples’ Assembly’ shall be composed of delegates elected by the Block, District and City Executives: 10 from block & 15 each from District and City.
v) The member of the State Assembly & Executive. President and General Secretary of District, city and Block Executives, Anchal Chairperson, ZPM(s), Zila Chairperson, MLA & MP shall have the right to participate as full delegates in the ‘Peoples Assembly’, whether regular or extraordinary.
Article XI : STATE EXECUTIVE
1. The State Executive shall consist of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretaries General, General Secretaries, Secretaries and President, General Secretaries of Women & Youth Council. Volunteer Force and Students’ Front.
2. The President shall be elected by the ‘Peoples’ Assembly’ for the period of three years.
3. The President shall nominate from amongst the senior members of the party not more than three Vice Presidents. One Secretary General, seven General Secretaries: one Treasurer, nine Secretaries. Out of the office-bearers there will be at least five women, and the President of Women & youth councils. Volunteer force and Students’ Front.
4. The President may in special circumstances appoint up to 3 more General Secretary.
5. Only a whole time worker shall be appointed as General Secretary (Organization).
6. President may appoint one or more organizing secretaries to assist the General Secretary (Org) and may allow similar appointments at the district unit, by the district president.
7. As and when it is found necessary, the president may appoint zonal organizing secretaries to look after the organization in two or more districts.
8. In consultation with the State Assembly the President shall appoint the President of Women & Youth Councils, Volunteer Force and Students’ Union.
9. The President shall appoint the Cells, Committees and Sub-Committees in consultation with the State Executive.
10. The State Executive shall be the main functionaries to carry out and implementation of the party programmes and policies.
Article XII STATE EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE OFFICE BEARERS
1. To preside over the sittings of the State Executive.
2. To allocate the work and duties among the office-bearers.
3. To take part in talks with other Parties and to nominate representatives from the Party for the work.
4. To decide the date of the State Executive meeting and to convene the meeting as per rules of the Party Constitution.
5. To appoint chairman for the various Cells of the Party.
6. To conduct workers Study Camps and Conferences.
7. To guide the State Executive in implementing programmes for furthering the organizational and constructive activities and agitational programmes of the Party.
8. The President in consultation with the Stale Executive shall appoint any vacancy.
9. The Presidents of the various units will be authorized to spend upto the following amounts on their own:
Village Committee : Rs. 5, 00/-
Block Executive : Rs. 2, 000/-
District Executive : Rs 5,000/-
State Executive : Rs, 10,000/-
If under unavoidable circumstances, amounts more than authorized are spent, it would be essential to get the necessary approval of the same at the very next meeting of the State Executive.
10. President of other level shall have same function at their respective level.
1. To carry out the responsibilities as directed by the President.
2. In the absence of the President the Vice-President specially authorized by the President in writing, will preside over the meeting If no such direction has been Made, any one of the Vice-Presidents, and if all the Vice-Presidents are absent then the State Assembly can call on any one of Its members present to preside.
3. In place of the President, the Vice-President directed by the President will discharge all the functions and powers of the President.
C) SECRETARY GENERAL
1. To convene meetings as per the instructions of the President, issue circulars and agendas as well as to organize the meetings.
2. To maintain the minutes of the meeting and to circulate it among members.
3. To organize programmes, meetings, conferences, agitations and to look after publicity.
4. To run the office of the Party and make necessary appointments with the consent of the President.
5. To execute the decisions of the President and the State Assembly.
D) GENERAL SECRETARY (ORGANIZATION)
1. He or She shall organize or convene all the party meetings as directed by the President/Secretary General as and when it is necessary to do so,
2. He or She shall manage all the requirements of the party with consultation with state executive members before convene the party meeting/ conference/agitation/dharnas etc.
E) GENERAL SECRETARIES
1. To assist the secretary general for all-round development of the party policy making.
2. To implement the policy-programme of the party as commanded by the higher authority of the party.
3. To carry out the all affairs as directed by the President/Secretary General.
1. To discharge the functions allocated by the President and to help the General Secretary in his duties.
1. To maintain the income and expenditure account of the party.
2. To get the accounts examined/audited and to report the same to the Committee annually.
3. To audit the accounts of all subordinate units.
Article XIII PPA CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE
The PPA Central Working Committee is the highest decision making body of the People’s Party of Arunachal;
1. The PPA Central working committee shall consist of the Chairman of the PPA State council, the President, Secretary General, General Secretaries, Secretaries and 5 other members of whom 10 members will be elected by the People’s Assembly and the rest shall be nominated by the Chairman, CWC, PPA duly recommended by the President.
2. The Chairman, CWC, PPA shall be elected by the people’s Assembly In its conference for a period of three Years.
3. The quorum for a meeting of the PPA central working committee shall be six.
4. The PPA central working committee shall be the highest executive authority of the party and shall have the power to carry out the policies and programmes laid down by party and by the people’s Assembly.
5. The Chairman, CWC, PPA shall be approving authority of all important decision at the party.
6. CWC shall be responsible for convening the People’s Assembly.
7. The CWC, PPA shall be the final authority in all matters regarding interpretation and application of the provisions of the constitution.
8. The decision of CWC, PPA shall be final and binding on all members or units.
Article XIV : ADVISORY COUNCIL
1.The President in consultation with the State Executive shall appoint fifteen advisers out of whom not less than three women advisers.
2. Adviser shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, administration & governance or intellectual and academician expertise in particular field or prominent NGO activist.
3. Adviser shall be appointed on: political affairs, economic affairs, education affairs, women’s affairs, trade and commercial affairs, scientific affair, natural resource management, administrative reform, youth’s affairs.
4. Adviser shall tender expertise advice the party on the particular affairs assigned to them in written form, white tendering such advice outmost confidential should maintain. Such letter must be addressed to the President.
Article XV: DISTRICT, CITY, BLOCK, VILLAGE AND SECTOR PARTY ORGANS
1. There shall be the District, City & Block Conferences every third years which elects District, City and Block Executives.
2. (i) The organizational structure, the rights and functions of the District, City, Block, Sector and Village Party Executive are similar to those enumerated in the articles concerning the Party structure and functions at the State level. Their decisions shall be within the limit of the decisions token by the next higher Party unit. In case it becomes necessary to increase the number of members of this Party Executive they can do so with the permission of the next higher committee.
(ii) The District or City or Block Executives shall remove any member from itself for gross breach of discipline, misconduct or for anti-party activity by n decision of majority of the total members of the units.
(iii) There shall be Village Meeting every third years which would elect the Chairman& Secretary of the Village Committee.
(iv) All members of the village shall be member of the Village Committee.
3. (i) The primary unit of the Party in the City shall be Sector Committee.
(ii) There shall be Sector Meeting to elect in every third years which would elect the Chairman & Secretary of the Sector Committee.
(iii) All members of the Sector shall be member of the Sector Committee.
Article XVI : DISTRICT, CITY AND BLOCK CONFERENCE
1. The regular district, city and block conference shall be convened with direction of the Slate Executive once in every three years.
2. The date and venue of such conference shall be decided by the State Assembly.
3. District Conference shall be composed of 10 delegates elected by the block, member of Block Executive, Chairman and secretary of Village Committee, elected ASM, ZPM, Chairperson of ASM and ZPM.
4. City Conference shall be composed of 10 delegates elected by the Sector Executive, President and Secretary of the Sector Executive and elected members of the urban bodies.
5. Block Conference shall be composed of 3 delegates elected by the Village Committee, Chairman and Secretary of village Committee, and elected GPM, Gram Chairperson, ASM and its Chairperson and ZPM.
Article XVII PARTY ELECTION
The President in consultation with the State Executive shall appoint State Returning Officer for the purpose of conduction Party Election.
Article XVIII PARTY DISCIPLINE
1. All members of the party are equally bound by party discipline irrespective of their status in the party organization or in public life.
2. Violation of the Party Constitution and decisions of the party as well as any other action and behaviour unworthy of a member of the Peoples’ Party shall constitute a breach of Party discipline and is liable to disciplinary action.
3. The disciplinary actions are:
iii) Removal from the post in the Party;
iv) Suspension from full Party membership for period of two years
4. However, in case where the breach of discipline is such that it warrants an immediate disciplinary measure to protect the interests of party or its prestige, the disciplinary action shall be taken promptly. Under such circumstances the party President In consultation with the State Assembly resorts to direct expulsion.
5. Expulsion should be applied with utmost caution, deliberation and judgment.
6. He or she shall have the right to be heard in person by the Party unit to which he or she belongs and shall have the right to submit his or her explanation to any other unit which lakes action against him or her.
7. Party members found to be drunkards, moral degenerates, betrayers of Party confidence, guilty of grave financial corruption can be summarily suspended from Party membership.
8. There shall be right of appeal in all cases of disciplinary action.
9. In case of application for revocation of action taken under disciplinary Action, after personal hearing and written undertaking the State Executive may revoke such disciplinary action.
ARTICLE -XIX ANTI-DEFECTION
The party can be dissolved or merged with any other political party only if the decision to do so is taken in the meeting of the People’s Assembly of the party, specially called for that purpose, provided that-
(a) The People’s Assembly is called by the Chairman for convening the Meeting.
(b) One months’ clear notice of the meeting with the specific agenda of dissolution of the party or merger with any other party is given to all the members of the Peoples’ Assembly,
(c) 75% of the total members of the Peoples’ Assembly should attend the meeting and not less than 90% of the member’s present vote for dissolution or merger as the case may be,
(d) The decision for dissolution or merger of the original political party should be taken by not less than 213 elected legislators of the party.
(e) (This is in addition to the decision for dissolution or merger of the original political party passed in the People’s Assembly. The decisions from both the sides should be taken simultaneously.)
Article XX PARTY MEMBERS IN ELECTED PUBLIC BODIES
1. Party members elected to Parliament, State Legislature and Panchayat or urban bodies shall constitute themselves into a Party group and function under the appropriate Party Committee in strict conformity with the line of the Party policies and directives.
2. The Peoples’ legislators shall unswervingly defend the interests of the people and the party. Their work in the legislature shall reflect the party ideology and they shall uphold and popularize the policies of the Party. Their legislative shall be closely combined with the activity dies party and it shall be the duty of all Peoples’ legislators to help build
3. The Peoples’ legislators shall mini ala the closest possible contact with masses, keeping them duly informed of their legislative work and constantly seeking their suggestions and advice.
4. The Peoples’ legislators shall maintain a high standard of personal integrity, lead an unostentatious life and display humility in all their dealings and contact with the people and place the party above self.
5. Salaries and allowances drawn by Peoples’ legislators and local bodies’ members are to be shared with party. 15% of the total salaries and allowances shall be deposited in the party fund.
6. Nomination of Party candidates for election to Parliament, Legislature and local or urban bodies shall be subject to approval by the State Executive.
Article XXI: INNER-PARTY DISCUSSIONS
1. inner-Party discussion shall be organized on Stale scale by the state executive:
(i) Whenever it considers it necessary.
(ii) Whenever over an important question of Party policy
2. A District Executive can initiate inner-Party discussion Oh All Important question of Party policy concerning that particular district representing One third Party membership with the approval of the State Executive.
3. Inner-Party discussion shall be conducted under the guidance of the State Executive which shall formulate the issues under discussion.
Article XXII DISCUSSION PREPARATORY TO CONFERENCE OF THE PEOPLES’ ASSEMBLY
Two months before the conference of the Peoples’ Assembly, the Stale Executive will release draft resolution for discussion to all units of the Party. The resolution of lower units shall be sent directly to the State Executive which will place its report on them before the Peoples’ Assembly.
Article XXIII STATE ELECTION BOARD
The President in consultation with the State Executive shall set up a State Election Board consisting of the Five Members for:
(I) Making final selection of candidates for the State Legislatures, Parliament and various local bodies; and
(ii) Conducting election campaigns.
Article XXIV DISTRICT ELECTION BOARD
The President in consultation with State Executive shall appoint a District. . Election Board of not more than five members for:
(i) To propose names of Party candidates for Legislature and Parliamentary seats from the State to the Stale Election Board;
(ii) To make final selection of Party candidates for the various Local Body Elections. Co-operative institutions and the like, and
(III) To conduct election campaigns in the district.
Subject to the rules framed by the Stale Executive, District Executive shall make arrangements for dealing and disposing of all disputes arising out of elections !o units within their jurisdiction. If not settled at District Executive may refers the dispute to the Stale Executives
Article XXVI CELLS
1. The President shall constitute various cells at all levels in consultation with the State Assembly.
2. There shall be the chairman and three members in each Cell and all levels
Article XXVII FUNDS AND ACCOUNTS
The President in consultation with Stale Executive appoints five member, finance Board. Out of the five members one will be the state treasurer Article XXVIII BYE-LAWS The State Executive may frame rules and bye-laws under the Party Constitution and in conformity with it.
Article XXIX AMENDMENT
The Party Constitution shall be amended only by the Peoples’ Assembly. The notice of proposals for amending the Constitution shall be given one month before the said Assembly.
Article XXX ABSENTEE
Members absenting without approval for three consecutive meetings of their unit will be liable to be removed by a resolution of the concerned unit.
Article XXXI REMOVAL
1 President of a units can he removed by a resolution passed by a 213 majority of the members present and voting in a meeting of the unit concerned. Provided a written notice signed by not less than half of the members of the Executive is sent to the President of the concerned Higher Executive.
2 President can remove an office-bearer only after a motion to the effect is adopted resolution.
3 State President can be removed by the Slate Executive by a resolution passed by 2/3 majority at the members present which shall be not less than 50% of the total number of Assembly members, at a requisitioned meeting by at least 1/3 of the total number of members of the requisition. The requisitioned meeting shall be held within 20 days from the date of the receipt of the motion by the President.
4 Vacancy of the President of any unit will be filled in the same manner as was done originally. Till then an ad-hoc appointment will be made by the President of the higher organ who in turn will nominate his office-bearers from amongst the members of the existing Executive.
Article XXXII IDENTITY CARDS
The President of concern unit shall issue identity cards to each member with his/her photograph and signatures which shall be valid for three years.
Article XXXIII QUORUM
1. Quorum for any meeting/ sitting shall be two-thirds of the members.
2. Quorum for decision/resolution shall two-thirds member in favour in voting.