Meghalaya: Rumour mills of Mukul joining BJP set abuzz; LO asks police to probe “fake” reports

Meghalaya: Rumour mills of Mukul joining BJP set abuzz; LO asks police to probe “fake” reports

SHILLONG| Aug 10, 2019:

Meghalaya Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition, Dr Mukul Sangma on Saturday dismissed reports of him and his entire family joining the BJP while terming them as "fake" and "malicious".

While lambasting the media for "becoming victims of social media narratives", Dr Sangma on Saturday said that he will filed a complaint with the police against those responsible for starting the rumour while asking the Meghalaya Cyber Crime Cell to investigate into the matter.

It may be mentioned that a report of the former Meghalaya chief minister and former union minister from Assam, Pawan Singh Ghatiwar joining the BJP was published in one of the Guwahati-based online news websites on Saturday.

The web portal while quoting sources in the political circle stated that both Mukul Sangma and Pawan Singh Ghatowar are in touch with the top BJP leadership.   

Meanwhile, When contacted, BJP State president, Shibun Lyngdoh said that he has no information of Dr Mukul joining the party. "The leadership in the State are aware about such development," Lyngdoh added.

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Meanwhile, while referring to a popular Bengalee song " ekla cholo re (I will walk alone)", Dr Sangma said "What is more important for this nation is to understand our responsibility; there is a huge responsibility associated with every political leader."

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"….. and today the nation is confronted with the biggest challenge of uncertainty and sense of insecurity among all people particularly my tribes — Garo, Khasi and Jaintia and the rest of Northeast after having seen what has happened in the Parliament and the results vis-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir," said the Congress leader.

Cautioning the people to stay alert, Dr Sangma said that if the laws and provisions under the Constitution of India can be revoked, taking away the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, "Don't you think it can be done in Northeast?"

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Stating that the board is already set in Northeast, Dr Sangma said "They (BJP) are already pushing for Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and the bill is ready, we know it…"

 "Our job is to respond to such threats accordingly, to ensure the kind of nation we are proud of remains the way it is and does not become a nation where people will have to live in fear and insecurity; we are committed to that responsibility," he added.

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