SHILLONG, June 05: Opposition Congress on Tuesday said if the incumbent NPP-led MDA government is not competent enough to handle the prevailing law and order breakdown in the city, the party can handle it, that too within a reasonable period of time. It also told the 3- month old government to set up a judicial inquiry to resolve the long pending issue related to the shifting of the Sweepers’ Colony from Them Iew Mawlong.
Speaking to reporters after the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting here on Tuesday, CLP leader Dr. Mukul Sangma said, “We urge upon the state government to immediately constitute a judicial inquiry and further proceed as per the provisions of the law to restore peace.”
This comes a day after the state government decided to constitute a seven-member High Level Committee (HLC) to be headed by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong during the all party meeting which was also attended by representatives of the opposition Congress party.
Dr. Sangma, also the Leader of Opposition, said that the Congress at the all party meeting held on Monday had maintained firm stand on the need to constitute a judicial inquiry and had never agreed for the setting up of the High Level Committee.
“Why we ask for the judicial inquiry is because this will then give a very transparent and complete picture about the situation and the ways and means of handling the situation and getting the whole issue resolve,” he said.
Stating that the Congress means business, he said that the party wants to give suggestion which is constructive and is going to be for the larger good of the state.
Dr. Sangma also claimed, “During our course of governance we have also looked at the whole possibilities and that is why we know what exactly is happening and therefore what need to be done.”
Slamming the MDA government for failing to sustain peace in the state, the Leader of Opposition also warned of the dangerous trend of the alleged “too much” intervention coming from multiple authorities including the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that are acting on the issue.
“We really don’t know whether the MHA or the Chief Minister’s office which is calling the shots or the office of the Home Minister of the State which is calling the shot. It is a very dangerous trend and this demonstrates the whole lack of competency level of this government. I can see (this) as I have run government for eight years I know what is happening I can see between the lines,” he said.
He stated that the people have lost confidence in the present government and are looking what has gone wrong with them.
Recalling that the Congress during its nine-year tenure in the government was successful in overcoming many challenges especially the problem of militancy, Dr Sangma said, “If they (MDA government) don’t know how to handle it (present situation), we will handle it within a reasonable period of time because we know these people cannot handle it.”
He further claimed that the previous Congress-led government has sustained peace in the state until the installation of the present government and said it is a sad thing that not even completing three months, they have messed up everything.
“Today the name and fame that we have build over the years for the state and putting the state among the top tourist destinations has been adversely affected and in other word derailed the whole momentum of development in the state,” he said.
He also stated that his government knew of the problem of shifting of Sweepers’ colony and, if given the mandate again, Congress can resolve it.
Whether the Congress being the single largest party will stake claim in view of the failure of the present government, the CLP leader said, “That is a million dollar question – when you play three cards you don’t put all the cards on the table and politics is as simple as that, so don’t expect me to put all my cards on the table; it is close to my chest okay.”