NPP members quit over transportation of coal in M’laya

Shillong, May 10 | Publish Date: 5/10/2020 9:34:41 AM IST

Former Meghalaya legislator Justine Dkhar along with seven senior members of the National People’s Party (NPP) on Saturday quit the ruling party over the government’s decision for allowing transportation of coal from Assam.

Those who quit the NPP headed by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma include three former members of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council Messrs Thomas Nongtdu, Thomas Nongtdu and the Violet Lyngdoh, the sister of Shibun Lyngdoh, who was the former Meghalaya BJP State president.
In a letter to NPP Meghalaya State president Dr. Wanwei Roy Kharlukhi, the eight NPP members stated that the party was not well organised as such as there is no platform to listen to the public grievances .
“People are fighting hard against the spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic whereas the party  which lead the government is inviting the virus through truck drivers and helpers by allowing them to come from outside the State (Red Zone Area) to East Jaintia Hills district,” they stated in their resignation letter.
“The party knows very well that East Jaintia Hills district the is having enough the raw materials for the requirements of cement plants under the district but government is adamant and blindfolded to the facts,” they concluded in the letter.
In fact, several pressure groups, traders’ associations, transporters’ association and traditional institutions has opposed the state government’s order to allow cement companies in East Jaintia Hills to transport coal from Assam after the East Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner F.M.Dopth granted permission for transportation of 30 trucks carrying coal per cement plant per day from Assam.


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