TURA, Nov 29: Though it may not make much of a difference to the continuation of the MUA – II government led by Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma, independent candidate from Rongara – Siju, Rophul S Marak has withdrawn support to the present government.
Incidentally, the last session of the current house is set for December 8 and will only be for a day.
The decision came from the independent legislator who had joined the MUA – II government immediately after his win. He stated that the decision to do so was on the basis of lack of development in places around his constituency.
“I am answerable to the people of my constituency and the district. They are asking questions as to what we have done in our tenure of five years. The development work in South Garo Hills has been dismal. The main problem is road and communication and since I am contesting the upcoming election as an independent candidate, I withdrew my support from Meghalaya United Alliance government led by Mukul Sangma,” Marak said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.
Marak said that the government has turned down many of his proposals meant for the development of SGH, a region considered one of most backward in Meghalaya.
He said that he had demanded a civil administrative unit in Nongalbibra, about 60 km from the district headquarter of Baghmara, which was not considered by the government.
“The people of Nongalbibra and its adjoining areas have to travel the whole day to reach Baghmara for a simple affidavit and a caste certificate. I had submitted my proposal to the government but it was not acknowledged,” Marak added, while stating that poor road communication posed several challenges to the people.
Expressing his dissatisfaction on the developmental works initiated by the government in South Garo Hills Marak said, “The Baghmara C&RD block which is in Municipal area should have been shifted to rural area, however my suggestion to shift it to Siju area was not considered.”
He said that people in remote, hilly and rural areas of South Garo Hills are living on the edge because of poor communication facilities and government is not making effort to bring administration closer to the people.
“I had requested the government for construction of a multi-facility centre at Nongalbibra, which was even my election manifesto but it was also neglected. I am upset that the government failed to acknowledge the demands of my area,” he added.
Marak has welcomed the decision of the government to establish police stations in different parts of South Garo Hills and a Civil Sub-Division in Chokpot. However, he expressed that people of the area are highly upset with the works of the government in South Garo Hills.