From A Correspondent
Shillong, Oct 25: Ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls, the Congress in Meghalaya is readying itself to counter the alleged misinformation campaign carried out by the Opposition.
"Our workers at the grassroots have expressed apprehension of rumours being spread regarding the tiol Green Tribul's ban on coal mining in the State that it was due to the failure of MUA-II government," All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in charge of Meghalaya CP Joshi told media persons on Wednesday.
He said Congress party workers have been advised by him to respond to such rumours by approaching the people and informing them that despite the ban on coal mining, the State government has come up with altertive livelihood programmes to offset the loss of the occupation.
The AICC leader also told media persons that party workers have praised the State government for bringing in effective programmes to address the problem of livelihood of the people of Meghalaya.
Joshi said that the feedbacks and suggestions taken from the party workers at the grassroots will form part of the Congress' manifesto for the Assembly election.
Meanwhile, when asked on the assurance of the BJP on its work towards finding a solution to the ban on coal mining if it comes to power, Joshi said, "For three years the BJP is in power at the Centre. Who has stopped them from finding a solution? Let the Prime Minister visit Meghalaya and announce it before the elections."
He also said such false promises cannot influence the voters. "Before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP made false promises like depositing Rs 15 lakh in the account of each poor citizen of the country and also create two crore jobs," Joshi pointed out.