SHILLONG, March 12: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma has made it emphatically clear that it is the National People’s Party (NPP) and not the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is at the helm of affairs in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government in Meghalaya.
“It is very clear that the MDA is headed by the NPP and there is no doubt about it,” Conrad said while clarifying to the question raised by the opposition Congress party during the vote of confidence at the special session, which elected the new Assembly Speaker here on Monday.
Soon after the vote of confidence was tabled by Minister in-charge Parliamentary Affairs Prestone Tynsong, opposition leader from the Congress party, Dr. Mukul Sangma immediately asked which party is leading the government, the NPP or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“It will be appropriate for this House to know which party is leading the government. Is it the NPP or is it a BJP-led and its conglomerates,” Dr. Sangma said while stating that the mandate given by the people of the state is for a government to be formed without the BJP.
He also alleged that the political parties have also promised the innocent people of the state this and had even claimed that they have no nexus with the BJP.
Referring to the claims made by the BJP leaders in their tweets, the former Chief Minister reiterated that no one was given the mandate to form the government with the BJP even as he alleged that for the first time in the history of the state the files during the swearing in ceremony (of the new government) were all with saffron colour.
The MDA is a six-party coalition government which comprises of the NPP (19), United Democratic Party (6), People Democratic Front (4), Hill State People Democratic Party (2), Bharatiya Janata Party (2) and Nationalist Congress Party (1) besides 2 Independents.
Conrad however said, “All the political parties including the UDP, HSPDP, PDF in their letters of support submitted to the Governor have clearly expressing support to the government led by Conrad K Sangma.”
Appreciating the concern expressed by the opposition, Conrad however said that this is not the forum to discuss the mandate given by the people of the state.
When Conrad forgot to mention the BJP during the course of his reply, Health Minister AL Hek supplement that the BJP is also partner of the coalition government while BJP MLA from South Shillong Sanbor Shullai stated that the BJP is a secular party.
When the ruling members were provoked into a debate by the opposition, newly elected Speaker, Donkupar Roy intervened and appealed to members to avoid bringing up issues which hurt other friends in the House.
“Though I appreciate the point raise by Mukul Sangma however the chief minister has clarified and it should end there,” Roy said.
After seeking the sense of the house, the Speaker also announced that the motion expressing confidence in the present Ministry headed by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma is carried and adopted by the House.