SHILLONG, Oct 2: Meghalaya leader of opposition Dr Mukul Sangma on Tuesday said that non-BJP political parties will form the government in the centre in 2019.
“A non-BJP government is coming to power in 2019,” Dr Sangma said while interacting with journalists in his official residence.
The Meghalaya leader of opposition was speaking in the context of how the northeastern states were suffering under the regime of the BJP-led NDA government in the centre which has deprived the region of funds needed for its development.
According to him if the Congress comes back to power in 2019 it will restore back the special category status of the region.
“Are they experts to know the problems of the northeast overnight. That they had to withdraw the special category status of the region,” Dr Sangma said.
According to him, the BJP government in the centre was insensitive to the needs of the people of the region.
“Every state will be affected by anti-people agenda of the BJP government,” the opposition leader said.
According to the Congress leader the northeastern region are frontier states and the nation should understand the problems faced by the states of the region.
Dr Sangma also alleged that the central government has even deprived the states of the region of their entitlements.
He said that North Eastern Council (NEC) has instructed all the northeastern states to put on hold different projects.
“This proves beyond doubt the insensitivity of the centre towards the people of the region,” the Leader of Opposition added.
The Congress leader also alleged that various central ministers visit the state and just give out the budgetary allocations but the funds are never released.
“They indulged in rhetoric based on lies,” Dr Sangma said.
The Congress leader also rejected claims by Union Road and Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari that Rs 190,000 crore has been sanctioned to develop 12,000 km road projects in the region.
Dr Sangma said that the road project were not new schemes but had been initiated during the previous Congress-led UPA government.
“There is no new project. Nothing is new. If there is new then we will be happy,” the Leader of Opposition said.