SHILLONG, Nov 26: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), legislators who are part of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), today has assured that they will ensure that no such situation happens, wherein the party members accuses the government of indulging in corruption publicly in the future.
“Whatever the case may be we will always work together as a coalition partner,” Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and chairman of the MDA coordination committee said.
Speaking to reporters, after the meeting Sangma said that during the meeting, the partners agreed to not come out with allegations outside openly and if there are issues then those should first is taken up with the government and in the coordination committee.
“Only if situation is not resolved, then we can take further steps but the first step would be to discuss within the coordination and within the government,” the Chief Minister said.
He also informed that the MDA coordination committee also discussed the COVID situation and also the entry/exit points.
The coalition partners at the meeting stated that there are still a lot of difficulties that people are having while coming into the State and fact that testing is still going on while entering.
“We stress for the fact that the State will have to maintain some kind of screening to ensure that our people are safe,” Sangma said.
With regards to the entry/exit point in Umling, Ri-Bhoi district, Sangma informed that it was at the verge of completion and the process of recruitment have started for manpower.
“We should be able to get the manpower training and be able to operationalize the entire entry within a very short period within the first week of December itself,” Sangma said.
It may be mentioned that the government had recently assured that the entry/exit point in Umling will start functioning by November end.
On the issues of reshuffling, the ministerial berths among the legislators of the parties in the coalition, the Chief Minister said that there were cases with certain political parties where such agreements were there between the MLAs was brought to his notice right at the beginning of the term.
“Therefore as the chairman of the MDA and as the chief minister, it is my duty to ensure that that the understanding which was made known to me in the beginning of the term by certain political parties is implemented,” Sangma said.
However, the MDA coordination committee chairman said that agreements not brought to his notice would be wrong if he was simply to force it.
“So there’s a second category of the agreement which has not been brought to my notice will be decided within the political party, Sangma said.
It may be mentioned that the national vice-president of the BJP, in-charge northeast Chuba Ao had said that reshuffling of ministerial berths was the prerogative of the Chief Minister.