Guwahati, Oct 20: The uneasiness within the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by the National People’s Party (NPP) is apparently getting worse every passing day because of reported frequent allegations of corruption levelled by the BJP, a constituent of the ruling alliance.
The BJP which has just two MLAs including the state Health Minister A L Hek, in the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly, is the smallest constituent in the multi-party ruling MDA. However, the smallest constituent has apparently become the most vocal against corruption taking places in two district councils of the state besides ‘illegal transportation’ of already extracted coal from the state.
The district councils – Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHDC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) are ruled by the NPP that heads the MDA in Meghalaya. The state BJP president, Ernest Mawrie has frequently alleged corruption in these wo district councils before the media besides demanding CBI investigation into ‘illegal transportation of coal’ out of the state.
The state BJP president’s frequent allegations levelled in the public domain (not in the proper forum of the MDA) has embarrassed the other MDA constituents especially the NPP headed by chief minister Conrad Sangma.
Expressing his dissatisfaction over the way state BJP leaders have been levelling allegations of corruption before the media, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has stated that the BJP is free to leave the MDA if it wishes so.
Saying so, Conrad Sangma, the national president of the NPP, has just subscribed to what the Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong had said on Friday. Tynsong too had said that BJP was free to leave the MDA if they were uncomfortable in the alliance.
Tynsong had earlier said that the Government had taken strong note of the continuous allegations of BJP which appear in media frequently.
Earlier, Meghalaya BJP president Ernest Mawrie stirred the hornet’s nest stating that the party would withdraw support to the NPP-led MDA government in the state.
Conrad Sangma has said, "They (BJP leaders) have to act responsibly so that they give consistent statements and the way the party leadership of the BJP has been speaking, they have been very irresponsible and, therefore, whatever the deputy chief minister has said is absolutely correct".
Reiterating that as a coalition, the MDA has always been open to listen to concerns and grievances of the coalition partners, Sangma, who is also the chairman of the MDA Coordination Committee, however, said that the concerns could always be discussed and resolved.
"But I think coming out in the press and continuously giving out such statements is irresponsible and this is not the way,' Sangma said.
Meanwhile, the lone BJP minister in the State Cabinet, AL Hek on Monday said, "Any matter at first should be discussed in the parliamentary party before being taken up with the government," Hek said while adding that nobody supports corruption but issues should be raised through proper platform.
Another BJP MLA in the state, Sanbor Shullai has requested his party's state president, Ernest Mawrie to exercise restraint and not make making repetitive press statements to project the government in poor light.