NPP dares BJP to pull out of coalition

SHILLONG, OCT 16 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 10/16/2020 12:26:19 PM IST

With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a constituent of the National People’s Party (NPP)-led ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) regularly raking up issues related to alleged corruption in the government, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Friday asked the party to pull out of the coalition if they “are not comfortable” being with it, reports UNI news.

My only concern is that if they (BJP) are not comfortable since they are also part of the government, they are free to leave. If you are not comfortable you are free to leave the MDA government. That is the easiest way out,” Tynsong said.

“Don’t criticize and at the same time work with the IIDA. What is happening now is that the BJP is criticizing its partner despite being a partner; in the SIDS,” he said.

Tynsong was reacting to the allegations of the BJP state leadership of corruption in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) as well as illegal transportation of coal.

Maintaining that going to the media and making allegations is not the -proper platform’, the Deputy Chief Minister, who is also a senior NPP leader, said, “Come to the table, bring the papers and we will take action accordingly.”

He said that the MDA has a coordination committee, of which one of the two BJP legislators and State president of the party are members.

Tynsong said that from day one when the government was formed, the MDA was -committed to fight against any illegalities”.

On the issue of illegal coal transportation, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the government had time and again instructed the deputy commissioners and the superintendents of police to carry out checking and -make sure that illegal transportation should not be allowed”.

When asked about the illegal coal being transported, Tynsong said that those are seized ones and if they go unclaimed. on the court’s order these are auctioned.

“On the basis of the court’s order. the government will issue challans.” he said. The BJP, which has two elected representatives in the State assembly, including one cabinet minister in the Conrad Sangma government, has of late been raking up several issues of alleged corruption in the State and making regular statements in this regard in the media, one of the latest issues being the soaring electricity bills, which the party contended was -indirect taxation” of the tribal people in the State.

The ruling MDA comprises of the National People’s Party (NPP), United Democratic Party (UDP), Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), Hills State Peoples Democratic Party (HSDP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Independents


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