Mukul takes up delay in holding GHADC polls, alleged misappropriation of funds in council

Shillong, Dec 10: The opposition leader Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma today took up the issue of the delay in holding the elections to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) with Governor Satya Pal Malik.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the Governor, Dr. Sangma said that here was no reason to delay the election, and that it must be held on time.

“They have given the reason as due to the pandemic because of the surge in number of cases of COVID-19 in the state of Meghalaya, which is ridiculous which cannot be taken as a scientific and realistic decision,” the leader of opposition said.

During his interaction with the Governor, Dr. Sangma drew Malik’s attention to the issue of alleged corruptions in the GHADC, wherein the money sanctioned by the government of India for developmental purpose for backward tribal areas and poor tribal people has alleged been misappropriated.

Meanwhile, the leader of opposition also alleged that the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma was prompt in denying allegation of corruptions.

According to Dr. Sangma, if there are alleged instances of corruption, the government should always examine these allegations whether they are true or not.

“If the allegations are true, they should allow the process of law to take its own course and punish those who are involved who are responsible. That is the call of duty which is vested upon the people who are in the helm of affairs of governance,” the opposition leader told reporters.

“Now unfortunately, the denial comes, very promptly from none other than the Chief Minister, so there is a need for us to really be analytical and understand why those prompt denials keep on coming from none other than the Chief Minister himself,” Dr. Sangma added.