Friendly fight within MDA

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/17/2020 12:50:58 PM IST

 Apparently there is something more than meets the eye in the current friction between the BJP and the NPP, both pre-poll alliance partners of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA). The ruling MDA has 41 MLAs, comprising of - NPP (21) UDP (8) PDF (4) BJP (2) HSPDP (2) IND (2), NCP(1) and KHNAM(1). On the other hand the opposition has a 19 MLAs comprising of 19 Congress legislators. The BJP with only two MLAs and one in the cabinet has decided to become the voice against the government. The Congress on the other hand, is still trying to figure out how to not act like a bureaucratic party out of power. BJP has been attacking its major ally, the NPP over alleged corruption in the district councils as well as coal mining scam. First, it exposed the multi crore scams in the three ADCs causing a major embarrassment to the NPP, alleged involvement of James Sangma, brother of Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma and Power minister, in the racket of illegal transportation of coal. The BJP has been upping the ante against NPP over alleged corruption in the implementation of the multi-crore special assistance grant to tribal autonomous councils and also coal mining scam. BJP is daring the chief minister to sack his elder brother who had been removed earlier as home minister. The logical step for a coalition partner under a coalition dharma is to take up issues at the coordination committee of the MDA but somehow the BJP has side stepped the committee and chosen to go public. Despite BJP’s outcries over alleged corruption in the MDA government, the chief minister Conrad Sangma appears to have taken let matters lie low. One would have expected Conrad to act swiftly by asking the minister-in-charge to resign but it was not so. The BJP has even threatened to walk out of the MDA government if Conrad Sangma failed to take appropriate action. The ruling MDA coalition’s big partner NPP, apparently unable to stomach BJP’s unending streak of allegations of corruption, has virtually dared the saffron party to “shut up or leave (the coalition)”. Miffed at the unending attacks from BJP, MDA deputy chief minister Prestone Tyngson reminded the saffron party not to keep criticising its own coalition and yet continuing under it. When media persons asked about the relentless demand for a CBI probe, Tynsong said that it was easy for any Tom, Dick and Harry to demand for CBI probe but the government has to follow due process even as he asserted that the Supreme Court while hearing the matter. Such a “shut up or get out” ultimatum from the deputy chief minister should have made BJP respond to show it meant business. However, the BJP chief Ernest Mawrie said such an ultimatum ought to have come from the chief minister and not the deputy chief minister. Observers in Shillong believe that the state BJP with only two MLAs may have been given the go-ahead by the party’s central leaders. Perhaps the BJP wanted to grab the limelight in order to send a political message as District Council polls are due soon. Whether the BJP’s eye on making it big at the MDC polls would pay remains to be seen. 

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