Former Meghalaya CM hails scrapping of Art 370

Correspondent SHILLONG, AUG 7 | Publish Date: 8/7/2019 12:23:49 PM IST

Hailing the BJP-led NDA government for scrapping Article 370  from Jammu and Kashmir, former Meghalaya Chief Minister, D.D. Lapang believed that the historic decision of the central government is not try to crush or do the same thing in any part of the North East.

   “I do not believe that by this, they will try to crush us or do the same thing in any part of the North East,” the former Congress-turned National People’s Party (NPP) leader said. Lapang hoped that Meghalaya and the whole North East should not disagree with it.

 Asked if the decision would also have any impact on Meghalaya and other North Eastern states, Lapang said, “This is a different thing and very exceptional because the Kashmir issue has been hanging for too long and the problems cannot be solved. During the past governments, they found that the special category given to Jammu and Kashmir will really help them to see that the people are not affected by poverty and proper security and development. But it seems the present government under the NDA had seen that all the past records that it did not  deliver any good.”

Appreciating the courage of the present government which has taken a very strong, courageous action where nobody would expect that they can do it, the former Chief Minister said, “If the statement of the Union Home Minister stated that by having this special status, it doesn’t serve the people because leaders did not do well, rather some of them encouraged militants, misappropriated and misused  money which is against the interest of the people.”

“You cannot play just like that by misusing the privilege, and the service for self-interest type of mentality. Appreciation came from all around the country. I have not heard any mention that the state is against this, meaning, the people who read between the lines, thought that the withdrawal of the provision of the Constitution will enable the government of India to take decision whatever they feel should be decided.” 

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