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Lapang accused of suppressing partner
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 19:
Published on 19 Oct. 2009 11:02 PM IST
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Making a political “U-turn” over the uranium issue, Hills State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) Supremo HS Lyngdoh today accused coalition partners of the ruling Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government for forcing him to “endorsed” the government’s decision on pre-developmental projects in the proposed uranium mining areas of the state. “Chief Minister DD Lapang and others forced me to support the UCIL-funded pre-developmental projects approved by the government during the recent MUA’s parliamentary party meeting,” Mr Lyngdoh told reporters here. Last week, the MUA coalition partners unanimously endorsed the cabinet’s decision to lease 422 hectares of land to the UCIL to implement its pre-developmental package. The HSPDP Chief who attended the meeting had welcomed pre-developmental project, but today Mr Lyngdoh made a “U-turn” on the MUA’s unanimous decision. “I did not agree with their (MUA) decision to endorse the Rs 209 crore pre-developmental projects, but I was forced to do so,” Lyngdoh said. Lyngdoh, however, made it clear that his party welcome the developmental projects initiated either by the state government or the Centre. “I am not against development, but against UCIL-funded developmental projects aimed at to facilitate uranium mining,” he stated. He also warned that the HSPDP will resort to force, if the government decides to go ahead with the pre-developmental projects of the UCIL in state’s West Khasi Hills district. The KSU, which is spearheading the anti-uranium mining movement in the state for over two-decades, is demanding from the state government to scrap the cabinet’s approval to lease out land to UCIL. KSU president Samuel Jyrwa, pleading support from the public, said the lease agreement was only a ploy of the government to start Uranium mining in the district.

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