Mukul: Will take up with Prime Minister illegalities occurring in state

Shillong, Feb 2: Leader of Opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma today slammed the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government for not conducting independent inquiries on alleged illegalities in the state, stating that he will take the matter up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“If they don’t conduct an independent inquiry now I will ask the Prime Minister to conduct independent inquiry. I am sure he will do it. Please remember that this whole illegalities that is going on and the scales of it everybody is seeing,” he said.

Bringing to notice reports from Bangladeshi media, he stated that the Government of Bangladesh had lost revenue due to illegal inter-border transport of coal, limestone and other materials.

“What they (Bangladesh media) have carried – figure after figure – how much lost have been incurred by Bangladesh government due to this illegalities which has been taking place across the border in respect of limestone and coal and in respect of export of other minerals. This is an eye opener for the government of India,” he added.

Responding to Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong’s comments that people were ‘only talking about coal,’ he retorted, “Didn’t they talk only about coal during election and before election and they promised that they will obviously lift the ban of the NGT. They did not even know how they will do it and lied to the people.”

Dr. Sangma informed that a complaint was lodged to Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong regarding alleged cattle smuggling from Pynursla.

The leader of opposition accused the government of not only lying to the people but encouraging people who are engaging in illegal coal mining and transportation, and ‘crippling’ the Lokayukta.