NPP spokesperson, Marcuise N Marak has hit back at the Congress opposition leader, Dr Mukul Sangma with regards to issues of alleged corruption, likening him to a fox from the popular Aesop’s fable- the fox and the grapes.
Claiming that the MDA government has produced “fruits” for the people Marak said, “For the leader of opposition it looks like grapes that turned sour after his corrupt government failed to implement people-friendly schemes during his tenure.”
On allegations of corruption in the Saubhagya scheme under the power department Marak stated the MDA government in its two years has electrified five times the number of villages than what the Congress did under the leadership of Mukul Sangma.
The NPP spokesperson said that all due approvals and procedures had been followed as per law with regards to tendering and awarding of contracts. “It is sad that our Chief Minister had to school the leader of opposition to understand how central schemes work, because, clearly, he lacks that understanding,” he added.
Marak said that the accusation is a ‘modus operandi with matching share’ and an ‘assumption arising from years of twisted experience.”
“Mukul Sangma after all his years of mis-governance, after weakening all our government institutions, after emptying the government’s treasury made of sweat and hard work of the people, looks like he is finding it hard to come, to terms with the fact that work is being done successfully by the MDA government,” Marak said, adding, “Indeed, the grapes have turned sour for him.”
Pointing out that during the tenure of Mukul Sangma, an initiative known as the ‘24×7 Power for All’ was announced, he said, “While it sounds fancy as a name, the children of our state were still forced to read under the light of candles. Households were still suffering in the darkness. And all that Mukul Sangma did was use his mastery of words to smooth blindfolds the people into believing that work was being done.”
He further reminded that the former Chief Minister during his tenure failed to remove his home minister, HDR Lyngdoh after a prostitution racket was busted in one of his properties, Marvelene’s Inn.
“Mukul Sangma went on record that as far as removal of HDR Lyngdoh is concerned, ‘the law doesn’t demand so.’ These are the exact words of someone who claims to be a person who believes in law and order,” the NPP spokesperson said. He alleged that the former Chief Minister had also transferred police officers investigating into the prostitution racket and derailed investigation.
“The Leader of Opposition, instead of understanding morality and grievous nature of the crime that was committed by his minister, continues to play his own political game to try and gain petty political mileage’,” he alleged while stating that it was “necessary to remind that the leader of opposition is a seasoned architect in erecting facades.”
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