Tura, Feb. 19: Meghalaya’s social welfare minister Deborah Marak today asked villages along Garo and Khasi hills to exercise their democratic rights with utmost care.
Addressing two public gatherings at Shallang and Nongchram in the West Khasi Hills, Marak focused on the power of democracy. “India is a huge nation with diverse culture and religion. People have the power to choose their government. The onus is on you to be conscious of your rights and privileges,” said Marak.
She said Shallang and its adjoining areas have been backward because people there have failed to make their representatives accountable.
The minister said Mukul Sangma’s government is committed to holistic development of the state. She emphasised the need to judiciously choose candidates, who will live up to their expectations.
The Khasi and Jaintia hills region of the state is going for district council polls on February 24. Highlighting that Meghalaya is rich in natural resources, Marak asked the people to be rational while using them. She also asked the people to gauge the pros and cons of development initiatives taken by the government, rather than being party to stiff protests and opposition.
Enlightening the gathering on the national political mood, she asked the people not to be fooled by misleading propagandas. “Look at Arvind Kejriwal, he made tall promises only to step down as Delhi chief minister in 49 days.”
Marak also highlighted the Congress’s vision for the welfare of the nation.