| Leader of the Opposition Donkupar Roy takes part in the discussion in the Assembly on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Shillong, March 10: Leader of the Opposition Donkupar Roy today asked Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma to “do unto others as you want others to do unto you” while alleging “discrimination” by the chief minister towards members of the Opposition benches in matters relating to development schemes.
Taking part in the debate on the governor’s address on the second day of the budget session, Roy told the chief minister, who was absent from the House, to ponder upon the maxim while dealing with development-related works.
He said he has been sending many letters to Sangma on issues relating to the inclusion of schemes proposed under the special plan assistance. However, he said it was unfortunate that the schemes are not reflected on the ground.
“We feel that we are being discriminated. Is this the inclusive growth that the chief minister has been talking about? Please do not try to discriminate. Now you are in the government, what will happen if you are not, and if a new government tries not to take initiative of your proposals?” Roy said.
Roy also hit out at the government for allegedly shielding people who are involved in the irregularities related to the appointment of assistant schoolteachers, which led to the termination of 246 teachers who have been appointed.
A CBI report revealed that the then director of the directorate of elementary and mass education J.D. Sangma had claimed that on the instructions of the then education minister and current urban affairs minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, the scoresheets of candidates aspiring to become teachers were tampered with and forged.
Stating that such an action was in violation of the oath of office, Roy said the people wanted to know the truth because the government has also admitted that there were tainted teachers.
“People in authority are more tainted than these teachers. It will be proper and just for all if the persons involved are penalised. If it happens to be a minister, that minister should resign, and if they are officers, action should be taken according to the law,” Roy said while indirectly attacking the former education minister.
Roy also raised the alleged nexus between militants and the chief minister while referring to the allegation against Sangma that he has the support of a militant outfit in order to remain in power.
“If the chief minister or any of us (legislators) has any links with militants, no one can end militancy in the state unless we are united and ready to fight against the problem,” Roy said. He demanded that a probe be conducted in order to have a clear picture into the allegation. Roy also termed the governor’s address as “contradictory” especially when the government claimed that law and order in the state has been stable and under control, though the situation has gone from bad to worse.
“Almost everyday reports are being carried in the media about incidents of kidnapping, extortion and murder by militants in the Garo hills. But the government claimed the security scenario in the state has been by and large satisfactory. I do not know the kind of assessment the government has made because law and order is deteriorating,” he said.
He also mentioned the joining of Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) vice-president, Frederick Kharmawphlang along with other members the proscribed Hynñiewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on the claim of the government that the activities of the HNLC have declined in the Khasi hills.
“The government should see what is happening today,” Roy said.