|P.A.Sangma addresses an election campaign at Adokgiri on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos
Tura, March 20: Former Lok Sabha Speaker and National People’s Party (NPP) president Purno A. Sangma today lambasted Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma for utter chaos and lawlessness in the state.
Purno branded Mukul “chief minister of Ampati and not Meghalaya”. He arrived from New Delhi and addressed his first poll campaign at Adokgre in the North Garo Hills for the Tura Lok Sabha seat, election to which will be held on April 9. Adokgre is about 150km from Tura and borders Assam’s Goalpara district. It is for the first time Sangma was seen addressing the crowd sitting on a wheelchair, as he has injured a ligament.
He told the crowd about his health and said: “If Karunanidhi can sit on a wheelchair and be a member of Parliament, why can’t I campaign?”
He made a volley of attacks on the Congress in Meghalaya for its failure to combat insurgency. “Chief minister Mukul Sangma is shielding militants and harbouring them. This has led to rise in insurgency, law and order breakdown, kidnappings and killings. There is no governance in Meghalaya,” he said.
Sangma justified his return to national politics as “the need of the hour”. “The situation of Meghalaya and Garo hills has compelled me to do so.”
He even said as nobody is bothered about the Northeast it is imperative on his part to come back. Referring to the January 12 encounter at Darengagal near Tura, he said: “The encounter was planned by the government as ANVC (B) cadre Ajaju Marak dared to speak on Mukul’s link with the outfit.”
Sangma addressed a crowd of about 2,000 people.
“Why was the ANVC (B) cadre not identified? Why were their photos not released?” he asked. “The national mood is for change and people of Garo hills have to decide what they want.”
Chanting Narendra Modi’s mantra “freedom from Congress”, he gave details of mismanagement of central funds by the chief minister. “Mukul has diverted funds meant for welfare programmes across Garo hills and utilised it for his advantage at Ampati.”