SHILLONG, Aug 31: â€œLeast-botheredâ€ about the threat by ANVC(B), Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC)â€™s Chief Executive Member (CEM) Purno K Sangma Friday said that he will never resign from the Council just because of the demand by a newly formed group even as he claimed that he in no way involved in any corruption practice.
â€œI will never resign from the Councilâ€, Purno K Sangma told reporters who met him in front of the Chief Ministerâ€™s chamber here on Friday.
Refuting to the allegations leveled against him by the group, Sangma said, â€œAllegations are not at all trueâ€.
Terming the ANVC(B)â€™s threat as a great challenge to democracy, the Congress MDC said, â€œNo one will respond to such an â€˜undemocraticâ€™ threatâ€.
Mentionably, the ANVC(B) has sponsored an indefinite road-blockade and â€œBlack Flag Revolutionâ€ in Garo hills, demanding for the immediate resignation of the GHADC CEM Purno K Sangma and his deputy for their alleged corruption that it claimed has drained the coffer of the district council.
According to him, there had been a demand for enquiry right from 2008 and the judicial enquiry commission has been conducting the enquiry to the district council affairs.
â€œThe demand for the enquiry was made by the previous MDCs of the council and the commission has conducted the enquiry not because of the demand made by anybody or groupâ€, the CEM said.
Hinting that there is no proof so far, Sangma said, â€œThe Commission would complete the enquiry process by the end of Septemberâ€.
On the council bandh, Sangma said, â€œGovernment is taking stern actions on this regardâ€ even as he informed that three cadres of the ANVC(B) have been arrested from Tura Bazaar on Thursday while they were allegedly extorting money from traders over there.
Stating that the ANVC(B) was formed only recently, Sangma said, â€œWe only came to know about the existence of the group after they have announced their protestâ€.
On the alleged taking protection from the Chief Minister, he said, â€œThe government has to protect me and it has been protecting me from the very beginningâ€.
However, on asked whether that he is free from corruption, Sangma confidently replied, â€œYes I am free from corruptionâ€ adding â€œThe allegations was made by the previous MDCs not meâ€.
Mentionably, the previous Executive Committee of the GHADC was also headed by Purno K Sangma when he was the NCP MDC.
Meanwhile, the ANVC(B) has threatened to intensify its stir if Sangma and his deputy failed to resign from the Council.