SHILLONG, May 15: Accusing the incumbent Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma and his predecessor, Dr. Mukul Sangma of indulgence in ‘dynastic politics’, the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has asked both the Central and State governments to come up with an ‘Anti – Dynasty law’.
“It is high time for the NDA government at the Centre and the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government in the state to implement the Anti-Dynasty Law to end political dynasty,” HNLC Publicity Secretary, Sainkupar Nongtraw said in a press communiqué issued on Tuesday.
Using the Congress party in the state as an example, Nongtraw alleged that the former Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma is playing a ‘dynasty game’ by fielding his own daughter for the upcoming May 28 bye-election to the Ampati seat in South West Garo Hills District.
“The decision of Mukul, who is also the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP), to put up his own daughter is just a dynasty game. This will no doubt affect governance and development in the state. It is here where the rich are getting richer and the poor becoming poorer just because of such practice of nepotism,” Nongtraw said.
“People should not be surprised that Mukul and his family are “crorepatis”. Mukul’s daughter Miani D Shira is the Congress candidate for Ampati, the seat from where her father was re-elected for six times consecutively,” Nongtraw added.
Not limiting this tirade on the Congress party, Nongtraw also slammed the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) for also encouraging dynasty politics.
“We also see that the NPP is turning itself into a “National Private Party” when one brother who is the chief minister (Conrad K Sangma) is holding the finance portfolio, the other brother (James K Sangma) is looking after home department. And very soon their sister Agatha K Sangma, who is presently part of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government, will become MP,” he said.
“This clearly shows that Meghalaya is now being under the “Sangma Dynasty”,” he said while adding that India is not only the largest democratic country but is also the largest dynastic democracy.