Opposition targets govt over corruption charges

Shillong, Oct 12: The Opposition in Meghalaya today targeted the government over the allegations of corruption, saying that it is turning out to be the “talk of the day” in the different parts of the state.

“Talks of corruption were not the order of the day in the past but today in the streets, in the shops, in the tea stalls and in any gatherings whether it is in the funerals, people are discussing about this,” said the Leader of opposition Dr Mukul Sangma while speaking to reporters on Monday.

The Congress again raked up the issue following the concern expressed by the State Lokayukta Chairperson P K Musahary against the state government’s tactic to delay a proper probe into the allegations of coal racket operating in the state.

“When I go through a news article which captured the concern of the Lokayukta, saying that the government is finding ways and mean to use loopholes in the act to stonewall the process of investigation against the allegations of corruption, does it indicate that the whole official machinery are being utilised legally?” the Leader of opposition questioned.

The Opposition Leader also asked, “Isn’t the responsibility of the government to respond to any allegations of corruption on behalf of the people of the state?” adding he said that the government should come up clean and to respond to all the alleagtions from all sides including the concern expressed by the Lokayukta.

The Opposition Leader meanwhile said that based on all the allegations, “I also have the reason to further demand to have a proper investigation to unearth this allegation of various corrupt practices happening like of coal mining, transportation of the illegally mine coal and not only coal but in respect of boulders in the different land custom stations.”