George insulted by ‘do homework’ comment; CM says overdramatic reaction

Shillong, Nov 11: Congress MLA from Umroi, George Lyngdoh on Wednesday demanded an apology from Power Minister James Sangma for telling him to do his homework during the question hour on the fourth day of the autumn session.

The Umroi legislator said that he was insulted by the expression and that the words should be expunged from the proceedings of the house.

“If you find any problem in my question point them out… I cannot be insulted like this, people of Umroi constituency cannot be insulted like this,” he said.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma slammed back saying that it was only a minor issue.

“It is being unnecessarily bought up to this kind of level. The reaction of the member has also been overdramatic,” he asserted.

On the other hand, James said that it was an advice on his part and that it was not meant to hurt him.

He added that the comment was not derogatory and that it must have hurt the legislator’s ego.

Following the heated argument, Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh said that he will give advisory notes to all the legislators and that he will go through details of the proceedings and decide whether the comment has to be expunged.

Earlier, the power minister had asked the Umroi MLA to do his homework when he asked if customers can bargain electricity tariff rates in the state.

To which, George said he thought customers can bargain since Byrnihat Industries Association bargained from Rs 6 per unit to Rs 4.5 per unit.

James informed that the tariff is set by Meghalaya State Electricity Regulation Commission (MSERC) and not MePGCL. He added that the tariffs are revised every year and consumers can petition to MSERC.