SHILLONG, Feb 08: A 38 page document highlighting the ‘misdeeds’ and ‘wrongdoings’ of the Congress party in Meghalaya was released by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Thursday.
The document entitled ‘15 years of loot, 15 years of destruction’ was released by BJP election in-charge for Meghalaya and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons and specifically mentioned the names of abinet ministers Ampareen Lyngdoh, HDR Lyngdoh and Clement R Marak besides two others.
Cabinet minister Ampareen Lyngdoh who was the education minister at the time when the education scam took place in 2009-10 was also named in the police recruitment scam in both cases many undeserving candidates were recruited.
The incident related to the rape and molestation of a 14 year old girl in a guest house owned by Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh’s son also found prominence in the document.
While another MLA Julius Dorphang was charged under POCSO and jailed since last year, Lyngdoh was not dropped from the cabinet, the chargesheet stated.
Another Congress leader and former MLA Stanleywiss Rymbai was charged for his involvement in a land scam in 2012 where an amount of Rs 8 crore was released to him after he claimed to be the rightful representative of the village without any authorization.
“The Congress government in Meghalaya has resorted to favouritism in the tendering process for supply of sugar in the state leaving a loss of Rs 2.7 crore every month to the state’s exchequer,” the BJP chargesheet said, accusing Civil Supplies Minister Clement R Marak of being involved in the 2016 sugar scam.
Interestingly, the BJP did not include the issue of over Rs 4 crore–expired medicines in its chargesheet. This incident had taken place in 2015 during the tenure of former health minister AL Hek, who recently left the Congress to join the BJP.
Asked about this, Hek said that this did not happen during his tenure as State Health Minister.
The BJP chargesheet also accused the Congress, which has been in power six times since the Meghalaya’s inception in 1972, for making the state “a mess” due to the corrupt and inefficient governments.
On health care, Alphons said that a lady from the chief minister’s region had to be tied to a cot and carried for four days to Bangladesh for treatment adding this shows the state of health facilities in Meghalaya.
“Despite the fact that the Chief Minister of Meghalaya is a doctor himself, health facilities languish in extremely poor conditions,” he said.
The party also accused the Congress of a lackadaisical approach which it said has allowed the problem of militancy to worsen. It stated that there are as many as 10 militant groups operating in Meghalaya with at least nine operating in Garo Hills alone.
Stating that the law and order in the state has gone for a complete toss, the BJP said sex rackets have become rampant and instances of human trafficking have increased.
Between 2015-2016, rape cases have grown by more than 200 per cent and between 2013 and 2016, crime against children has increased by 35 per cent, it stated adding “If the hotel owned by the home minister’s son is not a safe place for women and children, can the state of Meghalaya be safe for anybody?”
The BJP also lambasted the state government for not being able to fix a site for the new Legislative Assembly for years adding that crores of rupees were wasted in the process of deciding on the location.
Giving a status report of the Congress’ 2013 manifesto, the Union Minister said all the promises made by the Congress including the promise of 10,000 jobs to the youths and 10,000 jobs for women were also marked “undelivered”.
“All the 28 poll-promises the Congress made in the last five years have failed to materialise leaving the people cold and dry,” Alphons said.
Although the BJP did not name anyone in other scams, it listed the 2016 sericulture scam, the 2012 supplementary nutrition scam, land allotment scam in New Shillong and the PHE scam as those that the Congress governments have been involved with.