Meghalaya | NPP vs Congress: Marcuise questions Mukul's 'understanding of politics'

Issuing a counter-attack statement, NPP spokesperson and MLA, Marcuise N Marak questioned the Leader of Opposition (LO) Mukul Sangma’s understanding of politics.

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The National People’s Party (NPP) on Saturday, came down heavily on the Congress for attacking the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government over several issues.

Issuing a counter-attack statement, NPP spokesperson and MLA, Marcuise N Marak questioned the Leader of Opposition (LO) Mukul Sangma’s understanding of politics.

"For the leader of opposition Mukul Sangma, it looks like the grapes have turned sour after his corrupt government failed to implement any people-friendly schemes during his tenure," Marak said while referring to the popular ‘The Fox and Grapes’ fable.

The opposition Congress had, on Friday, launched a scathing attack against the government on issues pertaining to the alleged attempt to privatise the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL), implementation of several projects and the 2017 IRS scam in the state.

Reacting to the LO's statement on the transfer of officers to stall investigation into the 2017 IRS scam, where Mukul had alleged the involvement of SS Netcom, a company run by chief minister Conrad Sangma and his family, Marak recalled the Marvelene Inn's trafficking case of 2016 stating that concerns raised by the former chief minister is "amusing".

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The Marvelene Inn's trafficking case made headlines in 2016 and 2017 during the tenure of the Congress government. In 2016, the case, related to trafficking of a minor girl aged 14 allegedly for prostitution, had unfolded at Marvelene's Inn, which belongs to the then home minister, HDR Lyngdoh. Several people landed in police net in connection with this case, including former militant and ex-MLA Julius Dorphang, who is currently out on bail.

"The Leader of Opposition, instead of understanding morality and the grievous nature of the crime that was committed by his own minister, continues to play his own political game to try and gain petty political mileage," the NPP leader said.

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Terming the former chief minister, Mukul Sangma as a "seasoned architect in erecting facades", the NPP spokesperson Marcuise N Marak said that the ‘24x7 Power for All' initiative announced by the former CM, while it sounds fancy, did not serve the purpose.

"All that Mukul Sangma did was use his mastery of words to smoothly blindfold the people into believing that work was being done. The MDA government, in two years, has electrified five times the number of villages that Mukul Sangma’s government ever did," Marak claimed.

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Reacting to Mukul's comment on Saubhagya of the Power Department, Marak said, "It is again evident that he (Mukul) experiences regret that his government could not do what the MDA government has completed so far."

"It is sad that our Chief Minister actually had to school the leader of the opposition to understand how central schemes work because clearly, he lacks that understanding. His accusation that this is a ‘modus operandi with matching share’ is an assumption arising from years of twisted experiences," he added.

It may be reminded that the opposition Congress had raised issues relating to the power department like the alleged irregularities in the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL), implementation of the Saubhagya scheme and the Ganol power project, besides other during the recently concluded assembly session.

(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)

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