Former Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma today said there is something a little dubious in the way that Chief Minister Conrad Sangma leaps to his own government’s defence whenever corruption allegations are raised, instead of investigating them.
“As far as the issue of alleged corruption is concerned, it is important for the people at the helm of affairs to always first examine these allegations [before denying them] and ensure that the claims are either not true. If the allegations are true, they should allow the process of law to take its own course and punish those who are responsible,” Dr Sangma said.
Instead, the Leader of Opposition said, the denial arrives, very promptly, from none other than the Chief Minister.
“So there is a need for us to really be analytical and understand why those prompt denials keep on coming from none other than the CM himself,” Dr Sangma stated. “You have seen how they (the government) cleverly not only give rebuttals, which are not based on fact, but even change the facts.”
When asked whether this constant to and fro of corruption claims and denials is nothing more than an attempt to score brownie points with the voters, he denied this, saying that if that were the case he would speak to the press every day.
“Alleged [instances of] corruption are not our responsibility [to enquire] but theirs. So, there is no need to score brownie points by us, but they might be trying their best to do so,” he added.