Shillong, May 22: Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday, ignited a heated debate in the Assembly after he accused the NDA government of constantly comparing the work done by their government and the previous governments.
“There is a tendency from this government to make comparisons, yesterday also during the budget speech, they say ‘as compared to 2016-2018 governments’, who writes the budget speech?” he exclaimed.
The former chief minister went on to say that the work done by the present government is because of the foundation laid down by previous governments.
He said that he was able to carry out his duties during his 8 years as the chief minister because of the leaders before him. He pointed out that in January 2011, the Government of India under the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was able to secure funds from the World Bank for PMGSY rural road projects and several projects were sanctioned through the fund.
Dr Sangma also mentioned the construction of Shillong-Tura-Nongstoin road, launching 1917 iteams project were undertaken during his tenure.
In response, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that the Shillong-Tura-Nongstoin road was proposed by former chief minister P.A Sangma in 2008 and that the leader of opposition took credit for it. He went on to say that the Mendipathar Railway station was also sanctioned by P.A Sangma.
“I have categorically mentioned that we appreciate the work of the past governments, I have never denied it, governance and development is a continuous process. The only thing I have mentioned is that we may not do different things but we will do things differently,” Conrad stated.
He also added that it was important for him to show these differences and compare them. “It is sad that when we bring the work of the government, this kind of negative comment comes,” he said.
Responding to this, Dr Sangma said that by talking about past governments he wanted to share that the government should take the state to “greater heights based on this strength.”