Ruling NPP hits back at Meghalaya’s Leader of Opposition

Correspondent Shillong, Dec 11 | Publish Date: 12/11/2020 12:33:35 PM IST

The ruling National People’s Party (NPP) has hit back at Leader  of Opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma for criticising the government on the issue of Inner Line Permit (ILP), saying the party was working up to the expectations of the people of the state.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, Anthony Nongbri, Shillong city president of the NPP, said that despite repeated clarifications, the leader of opposition was seemingly “unable to digest” the fact that the current government was “exceeding people’s expectations” and is committed to work tirelessly for the well-being of the State.

“Why else will a party leader continue to invest his precious time in blame game and petty politics when he can use this time to serve the people of his constituency, for that matter constructively critique the government? Moreover, why is it that these confusions dwell only within Dr. Sangma’s head time and again? Seems like a case of an idle mind being a devil’s workshop,” Nongbri alleged. Reacting to the demand of the opposition to recall the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (Amendment), Bill 2020, the NPP said that the revised MRSSA will put a check on the influx of illegal migrants in the State and will ensure that there is adequate protection of the indigenous communities in Meghalaya. 

“The MRSSA in its current form is more robust and substantial unlike during the Congress regime where it was toothless and vague. The MRSSA passed by Dr. Mukul’s government was just an instrument to play with people’s emotions to earn petty vote banks,” the Shillong city president of the NPP maintained.

The NPP said that the then Dr. Sangma’s own government has voiced out his “ignorant and careless attitude” towards the lLP issue through the high-level committee of 2012, even as it pointed out that the current dispensation had constituted a High Level Committee on the  matter in 2012.

“The committee collectively recommended ILP. The Congress outrightly rejected the  recommendations and did nothing. Bindo Lanong, the then Deputy Chief Minister criticised the government over its inaction as well and stated that the constitution of the committee was a waste, since Congress had refused to take action over it,” Nongbri said.


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