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Stop bulldozing people over UCIL: P A Sangma
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 21:
Published on 21 Oct. 2009 11:41 PM IST
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Criticizing the ruling Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government over the land lease to the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), the Opposition Nationalist Congress Party today asked Chief Minister DD Lapang to restraint from adopting “bulldoze exercise” on the issue. “In a democracy nothing can be forced on the people. If the ruling government continues to bulldozed the rights’ of the people then it should be prepared to face the consequence,” veteran NCP leader Purno A Sangma said. Sangma’s statement assumes significance in the wake of the ongoing protest launched by the influential Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) against leasing of 422 hectares of land to the UCIL for 30 years. “For national interests in terms of energy and security, uranium is necessary. But in the name of national interest, you cannot just bulldoze the will of the people,” he said. Asked whether he supported mining of uranium in the state, Sangma said, “I am not a scientist, but my discussions with some experts on mining of uranium is not encouraging.” “The Jadugoda experience is also not happy one, but even developed nations around the world is also not encouraging mining of uranium because there is no foolproof measures to prevent radiation,” he stated. Urging the government to evolve for a consensus decision over the decision, the former Lok Sabha Speaker said that the NCP insists on consensus building on the uranium issue. Meanwhile, as the Congress-NCP combine looks set to retain power in Maharashtra, the NCP is expecting to be the second largest party in Arunachal Pradesh. “We are confident to retain power in Maharashtra and we are expecting to secure at least 15 seats in Arunachal,” NCP leader Purno A Sangma said. The NCP fielded 36 candidates in the 60-member House Arunachal Pradesh Assembly. Though the Congress-NCP combine is set to retain power in Maharashtra, Sangma foresees that the NCP might reduce its strength from 72 to 65 seats in the 288-member Assembly. “The Congress is expected further improved its position in Maharashtra following the emergence of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in the electoral battle,” the NCP leader said. In Arunachal Pradesh, though the ruling Congress is expecting to make a cakewalk, Mr Sangma said that the NCP would surely emerged as the second largest party in that hilly state. “It won’t be a cakewalk for the Congress. The sudden emergence of Trinamool Congress had hit the support base of the Congress especially with most of Trinamool candidates were rebel Congress leaders,” the NCP leader said. He also alleged the “infighting in the Congress” may also affect the winning prospects of former Chief Minister Gegong Apang and his son Omak Apang. The Trinamool Congress fielded 28 candidates, including five former Congress ministers and ten are legislators from the ruling party who were denied party ticket this time.

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