Conrad slams opposition for skipping session on Wednesday

Shillong, Sep 17: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma on the final day of the Autumn Session of the Meghalaya Assembly slammed the opposition Congress for not attending the sitting of the House earlier this week.

“We have spent lakhs of money for holding the Assembly Session. Isn’t this the failure of the opposition to take up issues? But you were playing politics,” Sangma said.

It may be mentioned that on Wednesday, after the Speaker refused to give the opposition an opportunity to discuss the suspension of the police officers involved in the killing of former HNLC leader Cherishstarfield Thangkhiew they walked out of the House and never returned.     

The Chief Minister was replying on the short duration discussion, on ‘the failure of governance in the state’.

He went on the compare the position of Meghalaya when the Congress regime was in power and now when the MDA is governing the state.

Sangma said that there was a time the state was last in terms of vaccination in the country but presently Meghalaya is in the third position.

Sangma also said that under the MGNREGA the funding for Meghalaya has increased to Rs. 1300 crore from the Rs. 600 crore.

The Chief Minister also said that on the issue of Inner Line Permit (ILP), in the year 2013, when leader of opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma was the Chief Minister, he had said that the government does not want it, but now when it is in the opposition, they are demanding the permit system.

“But this government agreed to discuss this matter,” Sangma said.

He also said that the present MDA government took up issues which no government dared to show up.

The Chief Minister also said that his government was the first government to show seriousness on resolving the border issue. 

Sangma also told the house that the MDA government has registered 301 cases under Section 21 of the MMDR Act, against persons involved in illegal coal mining and transportation since 2019. 

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