MDA govt yet to learn art of governance: Mukul Sangma

SHILLONG, Sep 10: Leader of opposition in the Meghalaya Assembly and Congress leader, Dr Mukul Sangma on Monday said that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government was yet to learn the “art of governance”.

When reminded that Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma pointed out that the state government is under financial pressure and may not be able to reduce value added tax (VAT) to cut the prices of fuel, Dr Sangma said that during the Congress’ rule the state was also facing financial crunch but it managed to steer the state through.

“It is a question of knowing the art of governance. It is not everyone’s cup of tea,” the Leader of Opposition said.

Recently, the state government has hinted that there will be no reduction in the value added tax, or VAT, as far as petrol is concerned even as spiralling fuel prices continue to burn a hole in consumers’ pocket.

“We did during our time, did we have any financial crisis we did we initiated different programmes including health insurance which is the first of its kind,” Dr Sangma added.

Dr Sangma also alleged that the NDA government’s ambitious healthcare scheme, Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS) was replicated from Meghalaya’s – Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS).

“Even the bidding document is replicated from the MHIS scheme,” the Meghalaya opposition leader said.

The AICC general secretary in-charge, Meghalaya Luizinho Faleiro hit out at the BJP government for what he said was the culture of intolerance, off hatred, of vengeance and of vendetta.

“…looks to be their prime objective and prime agenda and development has taken the back stage,” Faleiro said.

“This is a culture of intolerance and culture of vengeance, culture of vendetta and hatred and they think that by promoting this polarisation they can rule the country forever and ever,” he added.

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