FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, March 4: Former Meghalaya Home Minister and Vice-Chancellor of Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) RG Lyngdoh today said that politicians make big promises before elections but becomes greedy once they are elected.
“Before elections, most of the political representatives make big promises to do great things but stay away from the people and their problems once they win the elections as greed takes over them and they want all to themselves,” Lyngdoh said while addressing Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) members during their pledge taking ceremony on Saturday.
The MLCU, Vice-Chancellor also urged citizens to choose their representative wisely even as he advised them to stay away from corruption not to sell off their only sole rights of voting.
He also observed that today business men are taking over politics. “Where they will invest a lot just to win elections and try to recover it once they win,” Lyngdoh cautioned. “We should not allow these kinds of people to enter politics and youths like the student body the KSU play a very important role to educate the masses and give the people the right advice, etc and bring about good and great changes,” he added.
He also asked the KSU members what type of representatives does the state needs, the ones who distributes medicines just before election time or MLAs who will bring about good medical policies.
According to Lyngdoh, in Meghalaya every policy is an adopted one which has been copied and pasted from others and does not contain the elements which suits or matches with the indigenous people here.
“As far as I can see we are still living in the colonial times as people here are not aware enough to go and meet their elected representatives and inquire about their demands and asked them to be transparent and accountable,” he said.
Meanwhile, newly elected president of the KSU, Lambokstarwell Marngar, today said that going forward education and job opportunities for the youths will be the students’ body main agenda.
“It is high time that the state government bring about good education policy here in the state of Meghalaya including other policies for the overall benefits and development of the youths,” Marngar said during the pledge taking ceremony of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the union held here at U Soso Tham Auditorium. On the issue of uranium mining Marngar made it clear that the KSU will not allow it in the state of Meghalaya at any cost. “We also stand opposed against any railway projects until and unless the state government comes up with strong laws and mechanism to protect our people from the problem of influx,” he said adding without the proper entry and exit points railway projects here is out of questions.
Marngar also observed that one of the major problems faces our people here is the problem of drugs addiction by youths and the KSU will ensure to eradicate the problem of drugs here in the state completely. “We will also make sure that the Khasi language is enlisted in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India,” he added.