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NCP dubs Mukul as ‘nervous CM’
Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 13:
Published on 14 Jan. 2011 12:46 AM IST
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Meghalaya’s opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Thursday described Mukul Sangma as “nervous Chief Minister” for shying away from visiting the riot-hit areas in the state.
“It appears the Chief Minister is nervous, as he was shying away from visiting the affected (riot-hit) areas and displaced people so far,” Conrad K Sangma, the leader of opposition in Meghalaya Assembly told journalists.
“Will the Chief Minister dare to go to those Rabha relief camps when situation (ethnic conflict) was at its peak,” Conrad asked after Mukul had accused union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha K. Sangma for trying to disturb the fragile law and order situation in riot-hit areas. He also reminded the chief minister that Agatha rushed to the riot-hit areas to tame the ethnic flare up as people’s representative to the parliament.
On Wednesday, the Chief Minister said that he would register his complaint with Prime Minster Manmohan Singh against Agatha for her distasteful behaviour (defying the district administration’s advice and visiting strife-torn areas that could escalate the law and order situation).
“The letter would be dumped in the dustbin. Agatha is visiting the affected victims to help them and in no point of time defied the district administration’s advice. The complaint letter of the Chief Minster would be dumped in the dustbin,” the NCP legislator claimed.
Questioning Mukul for rushing to New Delhi during the riot, Conrad asked, “What for did he go to Delhi. If he was in Delhi who did he meet? Did he meet the Prime Minister, Home Minister or Home Secretary or did he telephone them?”
He said the chief minister could have coordinated with them (Prime Minister, Home Minister and Home Secretary) over the telephone or mobile on the issue (ethnic conflict).
Curfew relaxed
Authorities in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district today further relaxed for six hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. hours in the riot-hit areas of Resubelpara sub-division, official said.
“The situation is limping back to normal, even as inmates from the relief camps have started leaving for their respective homes,” East Garo Hills District Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakhsi said.
He said today another 1,800 displaced people today left from some of the relief camps. “We are expecting more to people to follow suit as the situation improves,” Bakshi said.
From tomorrow, curfew will be further relaxed for 12 hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the entire sub-division, he said.

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