NPP hits back at Congress leader on corruption allegations

Correspondent Shillong, Nov 28 | Publish Date: 11/28/2020 11:40:37 AM IST

The ruling National People’s Party on Saturday hit back at Leader of Opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma of the Congress, which has been labeling charges against it on issues of alleged corruption on various fronts.

While Chief Minister Conrad Sangma termed the allegations - of derailing investigation in the IRS Scam and corruption in MeECL - by the former chief minister as “acts of desperation”, NPP Spokesperson and MLA Marcuise N Marak called Leader of Opposition a ‘seasoned architect in erecting facades,’ while also referring to him as the ‘fox’ from the classic tale –the fox and grapes.

Marak lashed out saying that the LO’s accusations, of ‘modus operandi with matching share’ on the Saubhagya scheme under the power department, was just a reaction out of fear of being politically irrelevant.

He said that all due approvals and procedures had been followed as per law with regards to tendering and awarding of contracts, adding, “It is sad that our chief minister actually had to school the leader of opposition to understand how central schemes work, because clearly, he lacks that understanding.”

 “Mukul Sangma after all his years of mis-governance, after weakening all our government institutions, after emptying the government’s treasury made of the sweat and hard work of people, looks like he is finding it hard to come to terms with the fact that work is actually being done successfully by the MDA government for the people,” Marak said.

The legislator also reminded the former chief minister that during his rule, he had failed to remove his home minister HDR Lyngdoh after a prostitution racket was busted in one of his properties, Marvelene’s Inn.

 “Mukul Sangma went on record that as far as the removal of HDR Lyngdoh is concerned, ‘the law doesn’t demand so.’ These are the exact words of someone who claims to be a person who believes in law and order,” the NPP spokesperson said.

Pointing out that during Mukul’s Chief Ministership, an initiative was announced ‘24x7 power for all’, he said, “While it sounds fancy as a name, the children of our state were still forced to read under candle light,” he said, adding that in two years, the MDA government has electrified five times the number of villages compared to the Mukul government.

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