NPP to BJP: Sort out own confused stance

SHILLONG, Nov 18: The National People’s Party (NPP) today requested the BJP unit in Meghalaya to sort out its own confused stance.

According to NPP spokesperson, Marcuise N Marak, the state BJP has recently approached the Meghalaya Lokayukta over their own allegations of misappropriation of central funds in the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council, and the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council.

Marak said this despite assurances from their own minister, who are more than willing to cooperate with the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government by taking part in discussions.

The BJP which has two MLA in the Assembly is represented by A. L. Hek in the MDA cabinet.

“The state BJP’s reactionary response is not in tandem with the government’s approach towards solving this issue,” the NPP spokesperson said.

According to Marak who is also an MLA discussions cannot be held if all their leaders are on different pages regarding the issue.

Earlier, BJP MLA Sanbor Shullai had asked its party leaders to stop making allegations against the MDA government and cooperate by discussing issues at relevant forums.

“We respect the participative and healthy stance of Mr. Shullai, and hope the state BJP functions in tandem with such leaders,” Marak said.

The spokesperson said that NPP leaders like Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma and Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong – had confirmed that the MDA government will convene a coordination committee meeting where a collective deliberation will be held and a constructive solution will be sought.

In addition to this, the state government had also ordered an audit of the GHADC starting from 2015 onwards, which is already underway.

“Given the fact that the state government is taking proactive steps, with MLAs such as Mr. Shullai showing leadership maturity by being constructive in assisting the government, it is unfortunate that such steps are being taken by the state’s BJP, further complicating a procedure to reach a meaningful solution,” Marak added.

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