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UDP tears into Mukul

Shillong, Feb. 17: The Mukul Sangma-led government in Meghalaya was today “chargesheeted” and slammed by the Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) on four counts.

“The ABCD of this present government is accused, blacklisted, chargesheeted and discredited. We have enough grounds to chargesheet this government for its acts of omission and commission,” UDP legislator Paul Lyngdoh told reporters this evening.

In its chargesheet, the UDP has named alleged politician-militant nexus, fraud committed in the appointment of schoolteachers, alleged corruption by outgoing Jaintia Hills autonomous district council (JHADC) chief executive member M.B. Rymbai and the inability to construct a new Meghalaya Assembly building even after 13 years as the principal grounds.

“These are some of the core issues which have shaken the confidence of the people in the lawmakers and the system,” Lyngdoh said.

Lyngdoh, who is also the UDP working president, said the “misdeeds” of chief minister Mukul Sangma and his government should no longer be “localised”. Therefore, the UDP would submit the “chargesheet” to the Centre and to President Pranab Mukherjee.

He said it is for the first time in the state’s history that a chief minister has been accused of having links with militants.

Lyngdoh said this while referring to an earlier statement by an ANVC (B) leader — who is now believed to have been slained — accusing the chief minister of having close links with the outfit’s chairman Rimpu Marak.

Sangma and Rimpu, however, had denied the allegation.

“We need to step up pressure and build credible evidence. Unless we are able to build solid evidence against the chief minister, we cannot expect things to work on their own,” Lyngdoh said, adding that a copy of the chargesheet would also be provided to the “accused” chief minister.

On the alleged fraud committed in the appointment of schoolteachers, the UDP said while in Haryana where former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and others were jailed for allegedly committing fraud in the selection of teachers, in Meghalaya, the situation is different implying that the rule of law was not applicable.

The UDP also took a swipe at the state government for its inability to construct a permanent structure of the Meghalaya Assembly while the government was quick to erect a palatial bungalow for the chief minister.

Since 2001 when the Assembly building was gutted, Meghalaya legislators are having House sessions in buildings belonging to other government departments.

The UDP, while demanding Sangma’s resignation, appealed to the Centre to appoint the CBI or NIA to investigate the “misdemeanours”. It also urged the Centre to impose President’s rule in the state.


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