SHILLONG, Feb 17: Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the most corrupt political party. “I have been in politics for many years, but I have never seen before, anything like this. So much misuse of money; they (BJP) want to buy voters by money power, muscle power, government machinery use and CBI use,” Gogoi told journalists here on Saturday.
Taking at the jibe at the BJP, Gogoi who is in the city to lead the Congress campaign for the Meghalaya polls said they talk about corruption free while Amit Shah’s own son multiplied his income by 16,000 times in one year.
SHILLONG, Feb 17: Former Assam Chief Minister and Congress leader Tarun Gogoi on Saturday cleared his party’s stand on the unsolved Assam – Meghalaya interstate boundary issue with only a positive note that the problem has not landed in the court unlike with Nagaland while stating that the BJP’s claim of solving it in its vision document is only a false promise.
Asked why has the contentious issue of the interstate boundary of Meghalaya with Assam remains unsolved despite having the Congress government for a decade in both the states, Gogoi said, “ Boundary issue is a sensitive issue and has to be solved amicably and as per the boundaries defined on the date of the creation of states and then the adjustment here and there with the help of the survey of India”.
TURA, Feb 17: The diminishing numbers of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) came to light on Saturday after another cadre from the outfit, who had joined them last year, surrendered to the Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday. The surrendered cadre also revealed that the strength of the outfit now stands at about 18.
The cadre has been identified as one Bhim Bahadur Chetry alias Kancha and is a resident of Damra in Goalpara district of Assam, close to the Meghalaya border. Kancha is an 8th batch cadre of the outfit and surrendered to the BSF Field G team of Shillong, 141 BSF team and the South Garo Hills (SGH) police. He had joined the outfit in the year 2017.
The surrender ceremony took place at Nongalbibra. He deposited one country made shot gun and 26 rounds of live ammunition.
TURA, Feb 17: National People’s Party (NPP) chief Conrad K Sangma continued his tirade against the Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma branding him as ‘CM for Congress party workers only’.
Addressing an election meeting on Saturday at the village of Dopa Apal under Resubelpara in North Garo Hills (NGH), Conrad said, “He (Mukul) has not worked in the interest of the state but has furthered the interest of his close aides and only the Congress workers and supporters.”
Conrad was campaigning for NPP candidate Timothy D Shira who is pitted against former CM and Congress veteran Salseng C Marak.
SHILLONG, Feb 17: Opposition UDP leader Paul Lyngdoh has predicted that the February 27 Assembly polls will be the “last battle” for the ruling Congress as he exuded confidence that the regional alliance will form the next government in the state.
“The Congress is fighting its last battle and is trying to grasp at every opportunity to remain relevant and to come back to power. In the process it has very cleverly tried to manipulate public opinion by deflecting attention from its failures and bringing in the fear psychosis of Hindutva,” Lyngdoh told journalists here on Saturday.
SHILLONG, Feb 17: Launching a scathing attack on Congress on women safety, Union I&B Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani on Saturday accused the Congress government in Meghalaya of sheltering the Home Minister while the dignity of a woman was played with at his Guest house in the infamous Marvelene Inn case.
Irani who was campaigning for the BJP candidate from Nonthymmai constituency, Ernest Mawrie, said this while addressing a gathering at the BSNL quarters in Rynjah on Saturday evening.
SHILLONG, Feb 16: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat has exuded that elections in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya will be free, fair credible and peaceful as adequate measures have been taken to meet the challenges in these poll-bound states.
Talking to journalists here after rounding up a top level review of the poll-preparedness in Meghalaya, Rawat said, “Election machineries have taken adequate measures to meet the challenges and all three elections in these three states will be free, fair, credible and peaceful”.