Cong wants resignations

Shillong: The Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress on Wednesday demanded the resignation of chief minister Conrad K. Sangma and home minister James K. Sangma for their "incompetence and immaturity" in handling the recent situation in the state and warned of a non-violent protest.

In a statement, its president Richard M. Marak said: "While talking about the issue of work permits to Bangladeshis before the recent Assembly elections, Conrad Sangma had stated only a person with 'mature thinking will understand this issue.' Where is this 'maturity' when instead of handling the unrest in Shillong, he passes the buck and blacked out Internet, citing fake news? Where is the 'maturity' of James Sangma when he has a sophisticated cyber crime cell at the disposal of the police department that can track sources of fake news and bring the wrongdoers to book? Is Internet blackout a solution?"

On Internet shutdown in Garo hills districts in "anticipation" of trouble, Marak said: "Everyone in Garo hills is asking: 'Where/What is the trouble?' The Internet shutdown has affected a cross-section of people, including students,"

"Internet is the least of our woes in Garo hills where electricity is playing disco in recent weeks. We thought as power minister James Sangma is from Garo hills, we will at least get some semblance of uninterrupted power. People of Garo hills endure long hours of power cuts without any valid reason. No work can be done uninterrupted. If the power minister cannot control the situation, what is the use of occupying the post?" Marak added.

Hitting out at the NPP-led government, he said: "During the recent elections, the campaign slogans of the party were 'NPP for change', 'New Meghalaya' and 'Resurgent Meghalaya'. The changes are incompetence, regression."


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