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Upcoming budget to be presented with a focus on 2018 polls

STAFF CORRESPONDENT

SHILLONG, Feb 25: The components of upcoming state budget (the last budget of the present MUA government) will be presented with an eye on the 2018 elections. This was indirectly indicated by the Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma during an exclusive interview with The Sentinel.

The budget session of the State Assembly will commence on March 3rd and Sangma said that his budget will reflect more on the achievements, initiatives and follow up actions of the government.

“Our budget will have nothing new but it will reflect the initiatives and agendas that will be in sync with what the party has committed to the people,” stated Sangma. He further said that his party and budget will aim at generating hopes for the people and the generation next.

“We also wanted to show that the action of the government is capable of creating visibility on the ground,” the Chief Minister added besides making jibes at the other parties who create tragedies through their false promises and commitments while seeking their mandates.

However, the Chief Minister admitted that the party and the MLAs could not fulfill all the commitments made to the electorates.  

“With all humility, we acknowledge the fact that when we make promises in response to aspiration and expectations of the people during the time of elections it is not possible to obviously fulfill all those promises,” Sangma said, even as he added that  there are initiatives undertaken due to situation driven demand which have been undertaken which are not promises.

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