Cong to Deputy CM: Not the time to play politics

Shillong, May 12: Congress MLA Zenith Sangma took on Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong for his comments over Congress’ move to pay for stranded Meghalaya citizens and said that the Deputy CM was politicising the matter. 

“Let me tell Mr. Prestone Tynsong who is representing the Government as Deputy CM that this is not the time to play politics or point finger at each other but collectively put heads together sharing every knowledge, experience, resources, etc. to mitigate the danger from Novel Corona virus or COVID-19 and ultimately win over the menace of this disease,” he said.

The Congress MLA claimed that Congress President Sonia Gandhi announced to pay 50% cost of train ticket, since the government was not willing to pay for the same.

Sangma added that the Congress’ objective is to not leave anyone hungry, and co-ordinate with their counterparts in other states, to trace out the stranded people from Meghalaya.

“Congress is a big party and we have our people in every nook and corner of the country. Taking this advantage, we are working out. Our boys are working 24×7 shift wise, like in the call centre and the number is touching almost 2000,” he stated.

He also said that through their counterparts, the Congress has been able to trace people who do not have money and food to eat in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, and provide food and other facilities.

“Is this a mistake to help the people in suffering? We are saying if they get the help from the Government that’s fine. But if they are not taken care of by the Government or if there is any inadequacy we will help. Thousands of our people from the Congress Party working 24×7 across the country. Is it a crime to help helpless people?” he asked.

The Congress MLA also alleged that the state government provided buses for 160 stranded persons only after the party enquired about them and arranged buses for their transportation.

“I appeal to each and every one, let us not blame each other but let us join our hands together in fighting against this dreaded diseases COVID-19 in whatever way we can respective of our status and position. No amount is being considered to be small,” he added. 

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