SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has given a thumbs up to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government for bringing development in the region in general and the State in particular. Putting in perspective his party’s tie up with the BJP, Conrad said, “In the last one year a lot of Central schemes, almost four to five times more, have come in to the State compared to the previous year.”
It may be mentioned that the National People’s Party (NPP)-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) was sworn in last year under the leadership of Conrad. He also said that at the same time one must remember that during the NDA regime in the last five years, a lot of development work has taken place in the Northeast. One must appreciate the work that has been done by the NDA government, he added.
“…be it for the roads project; PMGSY has seen a ten-fold jump in terms of the money sanctioned from Rs 140 crore to Rs 1,400 crore,” Conrad pointed out.
On the criticism from the Opposition that the NPP was hand-in glove with the BJP, the Chief Minister stated that as a party and as a government, when it comes to rights of the people his government will never shy away.
But he also said that this does not mean that one should simply look at things and say that this issue is there (allegations of the BJP being anti-tribal and anti-Christians) and therefore the NPP is not going to work anymore (with the BJP).
“I think that there is a point where we stand against issues and there is a point where we work towards development. We are concerned about development issues and we will continue working for development and at the same time we will ensure that our people’s rights are not affected,” Conrad said.
The Chief Minister, who is also the national president of the NPP, made it clear that his party has been working with the NDA in the past and fighting against the Congress.
“But it does not mean that we accept everything that is said in the coalition and everything that the BJP or the NDA puts on us. We will make our decisions on what is in the best interest of our people and when it needs to be fought we are ready to fight,” he said.
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