FROM STAFF CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, Feb 23: Living up to his oratory skill in attacking the electoral rivals, Congress MP Sashi Tharoor has unleashed a scathing attack on the BJP and the NPP. In his typical style Tharoor cited a host of reasons to justify as to why the electorate of Meghalaya should re-elect the Congress party to power.
Speaking to newspersons in Shillong on Friday, Tharoor said, “The State is going to polls on February 27 and the people have an opportunity to uphold the performance of the Congress which has been in power for the last eight years.”
With all praise showered on the eight years of Congress rule in the State, the Congress MP presented before the media a report card on four fronts in the matter of performance of the State Government led by Mukul Sangma. He referred to literacy, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment programmes as highly successful. “ We have looked at the unrecorded statistics of the Union Government in respect of the list of beneficiaries of the health scheme in Meghalaya,” stated Tharoor, even as he claimed that the tiol Health Insurance scheme of the BJP Government at the Centre is a replica of what Meghalaya has done.
Tharoor also took on the NPP by terming it as a mask of the BJP. “They are trying to tell the people of Meghalaya that they are independent and contesting by themselves. But in Meghalaya, they are allies of the BJP.”
Picking up from where other Congress leaders had left, Tharoor went head on to term the NPP as the ‘B’ team of the BJP.