Friday, August 19, 2022

NPP cautions people against TMC culture of abuse

Correspondent

The ruling National People’s Party (NPP) on Thursday cautioned the people against Trinamool Congress “culture of abuse, hostility, mud-slinging and misinformation,” which runs contrary to Meghalaya’s culture.
Reacting to TMC’s general secretary, Abhishek Banerjee dubbing chief minister Conrad Sangma a “con-man,” the NPP said such statements are “against our own indigenous culture.” “What pains the rank and file of the NPP is the culture which Trinamool Congress wishes to bring to Meghalaya. The culture of abuse, hostility, mud-slinging and misinformation,” the NPP statement said.
Stating that Meghalaya’s election process has been largely free from violence, the NPP said, “Our state is not one where electioneering is full of violence and aggression — something not alien to the campaigning style of TMC as already demonstrated in many previous instances.”
The NPP was referring to the large-scale violence reported during the West Bengal Assembly polls in which several people lost their lives. Several politicians used abusive languages to target their opponents during the campaign, which many termed as a new low in West Bengal politics.
Hitting out at the cheap propaganda of political parties like the TMC, NPP further said the party has no right or claim to refer to the CM in such a manner. “We as a political party are not against criticism. However, targeting the head of a State with such spiteful and abusive remarks is not acceptable,” NPP said.
Stating that the NPP is not against any political party participating in the electioneering process, the NPP observed the new political entrant should “restrain from making such unwarranted and unprincipled remark”.
On the other hand, the United Democratic Party (UDP), an ally in the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) also described Banerjee’s statement as “cheap political gimmicks”.
“It is a political allegation and to suit their (TMC’s) interest. A man (Abhishek Banerjee) from outside the State accusing the chief minister of our State is ridiculous. These are cheap political gimmicks and to seek political mileage. I don’t subscribe to such overtone. Every politician makes statements against every politician but making such an accusation is unpalatable,” UDP’s chief adviser, Bindo Mathew Lanong said.
Congress legislator, Dr. Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh also voiced surprise over the elected representative using unparliamentary language against another.
“It is unfortunate to see an elected representative using unparliamentary language against another representative. This indulgence defeats the idea of a constructive debate. Ideally these useless comments should be ignored especially if it attacks the head of state,” Lyngdoh said.

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