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Political leaders must step down on misuse of power, says CSWO

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SHILLONG, Feb 24: The CSWO appreciates the move taken by the Mizoram’s Labour Minister Lalrinmawia Ralte, who has been blamed for sending 32 students from the state to a fake institute in Kolkata and misusing money, and which has been accepted by Governor Nirbhay Sharma. The CSWO asserted that it is expected of Political leaders to learn to take moral responsibility and step down immediately after any misuse of power and allegation of corruption.

In this connection the NGO again reiterates its demand that the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma should remove the Home Minister Meghalaya HDR Lyngdoh from his Cabinet while the investigation is being carried out.

“The Chief Minister should immediately also have asked him to resign or remove him but not doing so, shows that there is no concern from those in governce in tackling crimes against women seriously,” CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing said in a statement issued here on Friday. Referring to the case of the Governor of Meghalaya in which the Central government leaders took quick action in seeking resigtion of the governor in the wake of allegations, she said, “It is also expected of the State leaders of Meghalaya to take moral responsibility and step down when there are serious investigations going on against them or their immediate family members especially in cases of serious ture like trafficking of children and sexual exploitation, as this could influence the investigators.”

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