Breaking News
Nagaland Post Logo
You are here:  Skip Navigation LinksHome » Show story
PA Sangma slams Congress
PTI/Correspondent Shillong, Feb 11:
Published on 12 Feb. 2011 1:12 AM IST
Print  Text Size

NCP leader and former Lok Sabha speaker P A Sangma today slammed the Congress-led Meghalaya government saying it had no “respect for democracy”, a day after NCP’s state unit working president and seven other senior leaders joined the Congress.
“Meghalaya has been the worst state in terms of development, and now it is the worst where there is no rule of law, no respect to democracy and no respect for the constitution,” Sangma told a press conference.
His outburst came a day after state NCP working president E K Sangma and seven other leaders – all elected members of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) shifted their allegiance to the Congress, paving the way for the ruling party to clinch power in the Garo council. “I am happy to return to the parent party. I will be able to serve the people better from the Congress fold,” E K Sangma said.
With the joining of the seven the MDCs (members of district council), the Congress now has 18 members in the 30 members GHADC. Following that, the state cabinet last night decided to revoke the Administrator rule in the GHADC and convene a special session for trial of strength and subsequent installation of a popular executive council.
The GHADC was placed under Administrator rule since April 1 last year in the wake of a political instability set off after allegations that the ruling NCP had clutched on to power despite losing majority. “I am the monarch of what I shall be,” Purno said about his political future after some of his trusted aides quit his NCP and joined the Congress Thursday.
The veteran NCP leader said if ever a decision has to be made on his possible return to the Congress party the decision would be taken on his free will. “If others are fools you cannot help it. I cannot be one of them,” Purno said about the defection. He further added that never has he thought of joining the Congress party.
Political observers say, Purno is stunned by the current defection of his party men. In fact, some of the defectors includes Purno’s most confidants Purno K Sangma, former (Chief Executive Member) of Garo Hills Autonomous strict Council and Edmund K Sangma, the Working President who were brothers-in-law of the former Lok Sabha Speaker.
“E.K Sangma and Purno.K Sangma are my very close relatives of my family. They are the close cousins of my wife. I could not believe that they would cause any problem in the (social) family,” a dejected Purno said.
The NCP leader, however, accused the Congress for the current political instability in the state. He said that continuous infighting within the Congress was depriving the state of any development.
“Whatever is happening in the state is shameful. Meghalaya has no respect for rule of the law. The state is functioning completely undemocratically,” he said. The NCP will file a contempt of court against the government,” the NCP leader said.
He claimed that one of the defector has conveyed to him that his joining the Congress is not to betray the NCP but “to teach someone a lesson.”
Meanwhile, a jubilant Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma said: “they (NCP defectors) have taken the right decision to join the Congress party and I believe they would be able to serve the people of the state better.”
Hinting that more NCP members would be joining the Congress party in the near future, Mukul said, “It is a question of like-minded people having faith and principle in the Congress ideology to join. It would happen in the near future.”
However, he made it clear that the Congress party have not discussed about Purno Sangma joining the Congress party.

Comments:(0) Login or Register to post your Comment
(Available for registered users only)
More News