SHILLONG, Dec 08: The move of the state government to debar teachers working in government aided schools from contesting elections has been questioned by Congress MLA, Ampareen Lyngdoh who is herself a former teacher.
Slamming this move on the part of the government, Ampareen also questioned how the United Democratic Party (UDP) which is a coalition partner of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government would deal with this issue as it has already proposed the name of former MLA, Jemino Mawthoh as its candidate for the upcoming MP elections. It may be noted here that Mawthoh is also a former teacher.
Expressing her confusion over the decision of the State Government to bar teachers from contesting elections, Ampareen said that there are provisions in the law which allows teachers to get into politics. “I don’t know under which provision, Government is contemplating to come up with these laws,” Ampareen said in this regard.
“This statement has come from the Education Minister who happens to be from UDP, a party which has selected a former teacher as its official candidate for MP elections from Shillong,” she pointed out.
Calling it a bizarre statement, Ampareen said that such statements will lead to confusion among the people.
She also attacked the ruling and said that the government should do its homework on the matter properly as the matter now paints a bad image of the government.