SHILLONG, July 20: The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the United Democratic Party (UDP) today slammed Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma for failing to attend the meeting of the NITI Aayog convened by Prime Minister rendra Modi.
“This is unprecedented wherein the Chief Minister seems to have forgotten that he occupies the role of the leader of the state and not the leader of the Congress Legislature Party,” UDP spokesperson Paul Lyngdoh told reporters after the meeting today.
Lyngdoh also said that Dr Sangma’s absence from the NITI Aayog meeting shows that he considers himself to be the leader of the Congress Legislature Party rather than that of Meghalaya.
The UDP leader said that the meeting discussed important matters like the land acquisition (amendment) bill and considering the fincial doldrums the state is going through it should have been sensible for the Chief Minister to have attended it
“The Chief Minister should have taken a prudent decision of representing the interest of the state rather than paint a political colour to the NITI Aayog meeting,” Lyngdoh added.
He said that the NGT ban on coal mining coupled with the leakages of revenue from the various departments of the state has depleted the coffers of the government by Rs 1200 crore annually. The UDP leader also said that due to the fincial crisis most government departments have stopped functioning and there has been no major repair of roads in the state in the last one year.
He pointed out that the MCCL staffs are not receiving their salaries, the staffs of the State Housing Board are without salary for the last 18 months and the contractors’ pending bills have amounted to Rs 500 crore.
“Unless the government comes forward with certain plans things will get worse,” the UDP leader warned.
Lyngdoh also said that the CEC of the party registered its resentment and disgust at the total lapse of governce in the state despite the Congress having 30 members in the House.