The Trinamool Congress today has alleged that the “corrupt BJP-NPP double engine MDA government” has not spared a single chance to loot the people of Meghalaya.
“What is astonishing though is the ability of both parties and their leaders to brazenly lie to the people of Meghalaya and assume that public memory is very short,” the party said in a statement.
The Trinamool Congress also recalled the election speech delivered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Polo Ground here on December 16, 2017 who said that “despite central funds, Meghalaya was not witnessing any development. As per the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report, Rs 908 crore remained unutilised in Meghalaya in the last six years.”
“Exactly five years and two days later, Prime Minister Modi returned to Meghalaya last week and gave a speech at the same venue i.e. the Polo Ground in Shillong. He was joined by Meghalaya Chief Minister and NPP leader Conrad Sangma. Yet again, Modi made tall promises to the people of Meghalaya while Conrad Sangma looked on unashamedly of his incompetence of five years,” the Trinamool Congress said.
It also said that Modi conveniently did not tell the people of Meghalaya that in September 2022, a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) was tabled in the Meghalaya Assembly which stated that at least 62 projects in Meghalaya are incomplete beyond their scheduled date of completion and some of these projects have overshot the completion deadline by as long as ten years.
“Since 2018, a total of 32 projects worth over Rs 1,638 crore are incomplete and the expenditure incurred so far is Rs 214.37 crore,” the Trinamool Congress quoting the CAG report.
“While Modi was ‘concerned’ about Rs 908 crore of unutilised funds in 2017, he is now conveniently silent about the Rs 1,638 crore (almost double) of projects that are pending under the watch of the BJP-NPP ‘double engine’ MDA government of Conrad Sangma,” the Trinamool Congress added.
It also said that the BJP and NPP thought they could get away with cheating the people of Meghalaya and confusing them.
“After looting the State for five years, the MDA government is trying extremely hard to cover up its theft and cheating. If the NPP are liars, the BJP led by PM Modi are world-champions at obfuscating, fake numbers, and cheating the people. This unholy alliance together has bled Meghalaya dry by stealing money in literally every department and ministry possible,” the Trinamool Congress alleged.
It also said that the BJP is hoping for another five years of running Meghalaya from Delhi and Guwahati and plundering the State.
“The Trinamool Congress will not let this happen. Every lie uttered by the BJP and NPP will be brought to light in front of the people and questioned. The MDA government has time and again refused to accept the TMC’s challenge for a public debate on misgovernance in Meghalaya. This is because they’re scared that their crimes will get exposed in front of the people,” it added.