NE MPs need to unite: Meghalaya RS member

Correspondent Shillong, Jun 24 | Publish Date: 6/24/2020 1:28:42 PM IST

Newly elected Rajya Sabha member from Meghalaya, Dr. Wanwei Roy Kharlukhi on Wednesday underscored the need of MPs of the North Eastern to unite so that the voice of people will be heard in Parliament.

“We are very much in the north east and yet to reach mainland India. We need to strengthen our base in the north-east if we want to be a strong force. At least 25 MPS should be united  with other regional parties and only then will be a force to be reckoned with,” he said on the sidelines of a function to felicitate him by NPP Meghalaya State.

Kharlukhi, an academician-turned-politician was the consensus candidate of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) and State president of the NPP, defeated his Congress rival, Kennedy Khyriem.

“My first agenda is political. We have to have a strong political force so that our voice can be heard,” he stated

Kharlukhi said that he would try to raise issues of the state, including the resolutions passed by the Meghalaya Assembly urging the Centre to keep the state out of the purview of the Citizenship Amendment Act and also for implementation of the Inner Line Permit system.

Kharlukhi, who feels that the Prime Minister of the country should also be from Eastern India, asked, “Why Prime Minister only be from North India?”

Stating that new ideas were emerging with the ongoing pandemic, he said that as a historian, he had been going back to studying the Spanish Flu in America to be able to relate to the present pandemic

He also feels that the State should be self-sufficient in the food sector, even as he pointed out that instead of buying fish from Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya should be able to farm enough for its own consumption.

 Kharlukhi also feels that despite the ‘Look East Policy’ of the Government of India, “we reached nowhere and with the ‘Act East Policy’, we are not acting”.

“It seems that South East Asia and Nepal have been captured by the Chinese. We have to be very practical - Chinese are building naval bases. My thinking about China, they are trying to be big bully. I fully agree with Donald Trump who said why call it COVID-19 and why not Chinese virus as it originated from China,” he observed.

He said that in Parliament, as a first timer, he would seek more time to register his points.

On whether he would continue as state NPP president, he said, “We are going to have a general conference. I have exceeded my time and it should have been November last year but CM asked me to continue. It is up to the party”.

Asked about ‘one man one post,’ he said, “Not only I believe in that but I believe in retirement too. I never thought that I would become an MP, but the situation in politics... I believe that younger people should be given opportunity”. 


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