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Meghalaya Gov should stick to constitutional obligations: NPP

Correspondent Shillong, Dec 8 | Publish Date: 12/8/2019 12:34:29 PM IST

At a time when Meghalaya and the entire Northeast are worried over the proposed tabling of the much-opposed Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019 the statement made by Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy has stirred controversies with the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) making it clear that Roy should not meddle with politics and “stick to his constitutional obligations”.

According to media reports, the Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy had, in Kolkata, said that that the Bill is a step in right direction. “It ought to have been done much earlier and I am sure that the central government will pilot it properly,” Roy told ANI.

This statement of the governor has not gone down well with both the political parties and social organisations of Meghalaya.

“The Governor is devoid of the ground realities of the State and is blurting out whatever is in his head and it is good for the state if he sticks to his constitutional obligation rather than meddling with the politics of the state,” said NPP state president WR. Kharlukhi.

Referring to Roy’s statements on the political instability in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the CAB, Kharlukhi said, “I think he has to know ground reality on many things. By not accepting the advice of the state government to impose administrator’s rule in KHADC, it is bringing instability and now the MDC has again shifted”.

“You cannot just blurt out whatever comes out of your mind. At least know the ground realities,” he added. It may be mentioned that the state government and the governor have been locking horns over the KHADC issue and even though Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad K Sangma had clarified that there was no power tussle between the state secretariat and the Raj Bhavan, the actions and remarks made by both sides, however, say otherwise. 

UDP reiterates stand on CAB

Meanwhile, the ruling ally, United Democratic Party (UDP) president, Metbah Lyngdoh, who is also the Meghalaya Speaker has refused to react on the issue stating that he hasn’t seen the governor’s statement on CAB. Lyngdoh, however, reiterated that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) is not happy and satisfied with the draft bill, 2019. “We have made it very clear that we want the entire state to be exempted from CAB and not just the schedule areas. We will are sending a representation from the MDA to the union ministry to apprise them of our stand,” Lyngdoh said.

Meanwhile, senior UDP leader and former deputy chief minister, Bindo Mathew Lanong observed, “It seems the state government and governor do not walk on the same path; while the government is dead opposed to the bill, the governor, on the other hand, has come out in support of the bill.


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