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Tura, Oct 11: In an effort to set the ball rolling for the 2018 Assembly election, newly-inducted Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons, accompanied by BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli, reached here on Wednesday.
During his maiden visit, Alphons, who is in-charge of BJP Meghalaya unit, met the members of different church denominations and also had meeting with party workers to gear up for the upcoming election.
Holding a press conference later, the Central Minister castigated the Mukul Sangma government for allegedly not being able to deliver on development front. He termed the State government as an “enemy of the people” and pointed out how poor road communication beyond Tura was affecting the socio-economic condition of the people.
“This government is an enemy of the people because had it done its job, would Garo Hills still have wooden bridges and bad roads and would the youth still need to migrate to other States in search of jobs? This is a disastrous government,” he said.
Alphons also accused Mukul of not being able to successfully implement the Central schemes in Garo Hills. “The government has failed to even implement the 5th Pay Commission, which shows that the State is unable to pay salaries to its own employees,” he added.
The Minister said tourism potential was immense in Garo Hills and efforts to boost amenities and branding will pull tourists to the area. He said the Tourism Ministry would be instructed to make Meghalaya and Garo Hills tourist hubs.
Upbeat about the Assembly election next year, the Minister hoped that the BJP with its development mantra would be able to reach out to the electorates of Meghalaya.
Alphons also called on Bishop of Tura Rev Andrew R Marak and also met leaders of Garo Baptist Convention and the Church of North India at Circuit House here.
Interacting with the media, Alphons said the church leaders had raised concern on certain issues affecting the Christian community, which was explained to them. He said church members were apprehensive with “misinformation” campaign on social media, which were clarified to them.
“When the BJP was going to come to power in 2014 there were apprehensions that churches would be burnt and Christians would be beaten to death. There has not been one instance where a church was burnt or Christians attacked anywhere in the country after Narendra Modi came to power,” he pointed out.
Alphons emphasised that he was a practising Christian and, despite not being an MP, he was given a berth in the Union Cabinet.
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