State Congress leader and Mylliem MDC Ronnie V Lyngdoh has used the defection of Hamletson Dohling to the National People’s Party (NPP) as a stick to beat him over the head with, claiming that the incumbent Mylliem MLA did so for money.
In a press release today, Lyngdoh accused Dohling, who was a cabinet minister until he resigned from the Assembly to leave the People’s Democratic Front in favour of the NPP, of betraying the people in a bid to chase money over the public’s welfare.
Dohling, a first-time MLA, unseated Lyngdoh at the 2018 election.
Itching to get back into the Assembly, Lyngdoh said that Dohling joined the NPP despite the party being a “BJP puppet which has completely sidelined minorities of the country.”
“If Dohling was a people’s leader and had their support, then why did he desert a senior position in his old party to join the NPP? The answer is obvious. The NPP wants numbers and Dohling wants money,” Lyngdoh said. “The BJP is attacking minorities all over India. They are breaking down churches and erasing the indigenous faith of tribal people. Even after knowing this Dohling decided to choose BJP’s puppet party NPP. Till date Dohling has not said a single word against any atrocities committed against tribals.”
Lyngdoh also accused the NPP of being “riddled with corruption” and that it is now trying to cover its tracks by “handing out cash before the elections” to the people.
“What is the cost of the livelihood of people? Rs 1000, 2000, 5000? If five years of governance boils down to these amounts, then it is simply an insult to the people. The NPP has time and again tried to shed its responsibilities in the five years of its government. The people gave them a chance but they failed. People deserve better now,” Lyngdoh said.