SHILLONG, June 11: Former Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma had turned the previous Congress – led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government into a company, according to the incumbent Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong.
“Mukul has converted the state government into a company in which if he wishes it can be done and if doesn’t wish it will not be done,” Tynsong said here on Monday.
Tynsong’s accusation had come after reports that former PWD Minister, Martin M Danggo is likely to switch allegiance from the Congress to the ruling National People’s Party if the present government agrees to upgrade Ranikor administrative unit into civil sub-division.
“Danggo kept on requesting for a civil sub-division which not only me but all MLAs feel was justified and necessary but Mukul failed to do that or say anything on that,” Tynsong said.
“Instead he (Mukul) gave Ranikor only an administrative unit which I feel is just as good as saying no,” he added.
Tynsong further informed that he would be accompanying the Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma to Ranikor on Tuesday.
The other Cabinet Ministers who will be visiting the area include Home Minister, James K Sangma, C&RD Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar and MLAs of the ruling alliance.
Refusing to comment on whether any announcement would be made during the meeting at Ranikor, Tynsong however said, “We are going tomorrow to see the area and talk with the people based on which will take a call (on the matter).”
Tynsong also pointed out that 75 percent of Ranikor is inaccessible and it is the duty of the state government to make sure that it gets closer to the people.
Asked whether Danggo, a five-time MLA of Ranikor would be joining the NPP, Tynsong, while avoiding giving a direct reply only said, “We would love any leader from any constituency to join us. Our door is always open 24X7 even to Mukul Sangma if he wishes.”
Tynsong had also said that he had earlier urged Danggo to join the NPP while adding that the Ranikor MLA had only responded with a smile. He however denied that more MLAs are thinking of joining the NPP.
Tynsong, who is also a former Congress leader, said that his only opposition and reservation when he left the Congress was Dr. Sangma’s leadership.
“I don’t like his (Mukul) leadership. I have been with him since 2003 till I resigned on December 29, last year and I know him very well,” he said.
The senior NPP leader further blamed Dr. Sangma for the Congress being out of power in the state. “The Congress is out because of Mukul. Single handedly he has failed (the party). I don’t blame others but I blame Mukul Sangma,” he said.