SHILLONG: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday criticized the Meghalaya Government for organising a cricket tournament despite the rise in COVID-19 cases.
According to the TMC, despite the recent order issued by the State Government banning all kinds of official, public and political gatherings to stem the spread of the COVID-19, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has organised a sports tournament which is going on in full swing at the Police Parade Ground, Tura.
"Hundreds of people were seen flouting COVID-19 protocols at the day-night sports tournament," the TMC said.
The Opposition party said that given the drastic surge in COVID-19 cases in the past few days, with highest cases of up to 160 being recorded in Meghalaya, the consequences of the 15-day tournament (from January 14 to January 30) will be devastating.
"The sheer disregard for the pandemic is extremely alarming when the health infrastructure of Meghalaya is in a shambles," the TMC stated.
The TMC said that this carelessness by the Chief Minister is utterly 'shameful'.
The party said that it is not the first time that the Chief Minister has been seen to be flouting COVID-19 protocols.
The TMC said that earlier it was reported that Sangma flouted precautionary measures on his visit to Batabari village under Rajabala constituency, where a large gathering was organised in the presence of newly-elected National People's Party (NPP) legislator Abdus Saleh.