Former Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma has alleged that the BJP has made an entry into the State with a vicious hidden agenda to fulfil its vested interests.
Dr Sangma, who was on the road campaigning at Mendipathar today, said people should be cautious and vigilant. “After Independence, several laws were enacted in various states to confer provisions including the Sixth Schedule in Meghalaya, Article 371 in Nagaland and Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. These laws were given to protect and preserve the culture and the way of life. But, what happened to Article 370 in Kashmir?”
He said, “The Central government sitting in Delhi abrogated Article 370 to fulfill their vested interests. The article was a weapon for the indigenous people to preserve their land as it legally obstructed others to own land in the state. The Modi-led BJP government works against the will of the people. Many leaders from Kashmir including the former chief ministers were arrested during the persecution.”
“We must stay united and vigilant of such nefarious activities,” the former CM said and questioned, if Chief Minister Conrad Sangma have the courage to stand against the BJP.
The Trinamool Congress leader further stated that the BJP is working to divide the people by laying a trap. “BJP is coming into our state with a hidden agenda. Go and see what is happening in Assam and how people are being treated differently. While BJP speaks about development here, sooner or later, they will exercise their hidden agenda, as they have done in other states,” he said.
In Bajengdoba, the former CM castigated Conrad Sangma stating his NPP-led MDA government has created an infamous history by denying the appointment of teachers.
“First time in the country, the Meghalaya government failed to appoint teachers, thereby restricting our children’s access to education. Children from all regions — Khasi, Jaintia, and Garo Hills — are stranded hopelessly due to the disastrous governance. This has reached a point where many schools were shut down in various villages of our state. This is also a deliberate attempt to stop our children from gaining knowledge while trampling their invaluable aspirations. It is our responsibility to fight against these mindsets,” Dr. Sangma said.
He spoke about the welfare measures undertaken during his tenure, unfilled job vacancies and livelihood of the people, which he said is “dismal due to the Conrad-led MDA government’s dereliction of duty and also voiced the need for a “change in the guard” of governance for a better Meghalaya.
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