TURA, Nov 10: The poor condition of the AMPT road that connects most of the plain belt of the state came into focus once again after BJP leader Nalin Kohli attacked chief minister Mukul Sangma’s government over the poor road condition in Garo Hills.
Speaking at the annual convention of the Minority Morcha at Rajabala, the national spokesperson of the BJP and Meghalaya in-charge said that the MUA government in the state would best be remembered for taking the state backwards. The entire convention was attended by a few thousand of the party’s supporters in the area.
The entire stretch of road, including that of Selsella has been laid bare with little stretches of tarmac still on the road making travel extremely difficult.
“They (Congress) can’t even provide a road in minority areas but claim to be working for the sake of minorities,” said Kohli to the crowd.
He added that it had taken them only two hours to get to Agia in Goalpara from Guwahati (a distance of about 150 kms) whereas to get to Rajabala from Agia (a shorter distance) took them 6 hours due to horrible nature of the road.
“That is the condition of the roads provided by the Congress government,” added Kohli at Rajabala on Thursday evening.
“Travel on this road is a nightmare and we can imagine the difficulties locals face in commuting every day. Meghalaya will have a non-Congress government with the BJP playing the lead role after next year’s elections. When that happens we will ensure the AMPT road is repaired completely,” the BJP spokesperson added.
He also spoke on the Modi government’s efforts to implement Aadhar for the benefit of the people as money would go directly to the individual’s accounts. He added that opening of zero balance accounts as part of the prime minister’s initiative would go a long way in checking diversion of funds.
Kohli further pointed out that “Under Begum Hazrat Mahal scholarships for minority girls under Maulana Azad Education Foundation, each year 503 students from the minority community in Meghalaya can avail scholarships. However, last year only 170 were selected and this year was the lowest with only eight students being approved,” said the BJP national spokesperson while displaying numbers about the decline in the selection of candidates from the state.
He accused the Congress in the state in its failure to implement projects meant for minorities with the above being cited as an example.
The meeting also saw the presence of state BJP president, Shibun Lyngdoh and Rajabala MDC and candidate Sofiur Rahman, who also spoke at the rally highlighting the developmental works under the Modi government.