Shillong (Meghalaya), Feb 4 : TMC Legislature Party Leader Dr. Mukul Sangma launched a full-fledged attack on the NPP-led MDA government for ‘making a misery’ of the lives of the people of Meghalaya through hollow promises and undelivered claims.
Speaking in a gathering of massive supporters at the South West Garo Hills District Party Office in Ampati, the Leader of the Opposition, said, “In the last five years, the development measures that were started under my tenure remain unfinished. For instance, I hear people say that vacancies are available but no new appointment is being processed. This government has delayed the appointment of thousands of teachers, leaving them in utter disarray.”
Taking a dig at the ruling dispensation for being mired in corruption, Dr. Mukul Sangma said, “A medical college has opened and a huge funding of Rs 172 crores has been brought in. They have only spent Rs 62 crores and there are no answers for the rest. Isn’t it the duty of the government to be transparent? Am I going to study again as a Doctor? No. These are for the people. Medical colleges are established not only for education but also to treat the sick. There are specialists and super-specialist professors in medical colleges. There have been sufficient equipment to carry out city scans and MRIs. Despite having facilities, we are pushed to go to Goalpara, Guwahati, and other states. Do our elders from the Garo Hills carry a lot of money?”
The Leader of the Opposition also mentioned that the state reels under severe issues that plague the development of the people of Meghalaya. “Even after pursuing higher education, the youngsters of this state have become a victim of the devastating unemployment in Meghalaya. Additionally, drug users are also increasing in the state along with the number of dealers. This is our state, and it is our responsibility to preserve and protect the people of Meghalaya. We need to stand united, not for a day or two but until the end,” he said.
Meanwhile ,18 Meghalaya Trinamool Congress candidates on Saturday filed their nomination papers for the upcoming Assembly elections scheduled to take place on February 27.
The candidates who filed nominations on Saturday are as follows – George B Lyngdoh from Umroi, Richard M Marak from South Tura, Miani D Shira from Ampati, Lasting Suchiang from Mowkaiaw, Gilbert Laloo from Mylliem, Sengkhal A Sangma from Dalu, Fernandez Dkhar from Rambrai-Jyrngam, Dondor Marbaniang from Mawkynrew, Macmillan Kharbani from Nongstoin, Lazarus Sangma from Chokpot, Elgiva Gwyneth Rynjah from North Shillong, Saljaringrang Marak from Baghmara, Rajesh M Marak from Rongara-Siju, Dr. Saralin Dorphang from Mawhati, Gilbert Nongrum from Umsning, Sunmoon D Marak from Jirang, Longsing Bey from Nongpoh, and Vincent Sangma from Mawsynram.
Five Meghalaya TMC candidates from the Ri Bhoi district are among those leaders who filed their nominations today amid loud cheers from party workers and supporters. “As TMC leaders, we have a strong desire to provide the right governance. The five candidates from the Ri-Bhoi district stand for the rights of the people and our rights as minorities. We want the people to elect leaders who are already aware of what they will do for the electorate in the next five years if they are voted to power,” said Umroi MLA George B Lyngdoh.
After submitting her nomination, Ampati candidate Miani D Shira told reporters: “We will be working together for the people because they have suffered so much during the MDA government. We will work together for all, including the weavers and farmers of my constituency who were neglected by the present MDA government.