Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma is fed up with hearing about the debate challenge posed and re-posed by Trinamool Congress (TMC) spokesman Saket Gokhale.
Gokhale, who has brought out a string of corruption allegations against the state government, has challenged the Deputy CM, CM or any minister for a debate on the issues.
Sangma recently claimed not to have heard of Gokhale before and today advised the media not to waste their time, and his, by continually asking about his response to the debate challenge.
“You tell me, is it in any way relevant?” he said to a reporter today. “Is it possible for a government to have a debate with anybody who comes up on social media, who says ‘I want to have debate with you?’”
Meanwhile, Deputy CM Prestone Tynsong argued that there is no point in debating Gokhale as he is a party’s national spokesman raising issues at the state level.
Asked if the government is scared, Tynsong replied, “We are not scared and this is not a question of hiding anything or not willing to accept the challenge. The question is why should we spend time with him?”
Earlier today, Gokhale said he came to Meghalaya “primarily to support the TMC Leaders of Meghalaya in exposing this corruption and misgovernance” and that the state “deserves to be ruled and represented by the people of Meghalaya and not by a proxy-BJP remote control in Delhi.”
Stating that his debate challenge still stands, the TMC spokesperson said, “The fact that the MDA Govt chooses to indulge in ad hominem about “insiders” and “outsiders” to avoid a debate on its corruption and misgovernance shows that their hands are dirty and that they have looted from the people of Meghalaya.”