|Meghalaya People’s Forum spokesperson Paul Lyngdoh speaks at a news conference in Shillong on Monday. Telegraph picture
Shillong, Sept. 9: The Opposition today demanded the immediate resignation of Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma as he has “totally lost the moral and legal rights” to continue in office.
Addressing reporters this evening, the spokesperson for the Meghalaya People’s Forum (MPF), Paul Lyngdoh, said Sangma and his cabinet had “completely failed” to address the ongoing problems afflicting the state.
The MPF is a conglomerate of legislators belonging to the United Democratic Party (UDP), National People’s Party (NPP) and a few Independents.
From the current stalemate on the issue of the inner-line permit (ILP), “crumbling” law and order problem in the Garo hills and the plight of the teaching community, Lyngdoh said Sangma has to abdicate office to make room for the situation to improve.
“He (Sangma) has totally lost moral and legal rights to continue as chief minister of the state. He should immediately step down and this will not just be an idle demand,” he said.
Terming Sangma as a “visiting” chief minister for being present in the state for a mere four to six days in a month, Lyngdoh said: “The common man in the street has lost confidence in a visiting chief minister. We, therefore, need a full-time chief minister.”
While stating that there was a total collapse of the administration, the UDP legislator said the government has to gain confidence of a majority of people.
“That confidence has to be perceptible, but it is not happening. The state cannot afford to have this kind of a government,” Lyngdoh said, adding that the Opposition would write to Sangma to ask him to step down.
He said the Opposition would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the government is forced to resolve the issues at hand.
At the same time, Lyngdoh said, the Opposition would bring out a number of pertinent issues to be discussed on the floor of the House when the state legislature meets from October 4 onwards.
On the ILP issue, Lyngdoh said the Opposition would consider bringing in either a resolution or a motion in the floor of the Assembly.
Moreover, he said the government should make its stand known on the report tabled by the high-level committee on influx, which had recommended implementation of the ILP.
The MPF also expressed concern over the present law and order situation that prompted pressure groups to call for a four-day night road blockade throughout the state.
Lyngdoh lambasted Sangma for leaving for New Delhi today without leaving a second-in-command to take charge of the situation.