The State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has slammed Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong calling his statement irresponsible and that the NPP is not the “boss” of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA).
“Prestone Tynsong’s statement asking BJP to leave MDA is the most irresponsible statement given by NPP against BJP with sole intention to divert the corruption of NPP leaders,” BJP state Vice President Bernard N Marak said.
Marak pointed out that the NPP is a coalition partner of the BJP in MDA and the former is not the “boss” of MDA. “Dictating the BJP to leave is nothing more than a joke,” he said.
“BJP will decide on MDA and if NPP wants to indulge in corruption openly, they should decide whether they want to be in MDA or leave, as BJP will not submit to their corrupt tactics of looting the public,” he added.
According to the State BJP leader, people are fed up of rampant corruption in the State and are losing faith in the MDA because of NPP who is avoiding talks on the issue.
“NPP never gave a platform to discuss issues on GHADC scams, illegal coal transportation and others. They acted like BJP was nobody to them and that is the reason why BJP made a decision to expose the corruption within its coalition partners,” Marak added.
He claimed that BJP made Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister even before he was elected as a legislator.
According to Marak, the Chief Minister, being the national president of the NPP needs to clarify his stand if Tynsong’s statement came on his direction or was it made by the Deputy Chief Minister on his own.
“BJP always wanted these matters to be discussed internally but NPP never acknowledged,” he added.
Marak also stated that the BJP wants “good governance” and is fed up of rampant corruption in the State.
The State BJP leader said that by no means BJP will compromise the looting of the public in the name of coalition.
He alleged that the NPP has been backstabbing BJP even as he claimed that Conrad Sangma won the Tura Assembly seat by good margin because of BJP otherwise his chance of winning was only 50 percent.
“Conrad was made Chief Minister so that he would lead MDA providing good governance to the public and for that all support was provided by BJP,” Marak said.
It may be mentioned that on Friday, Tynsong asked the BJP to pull out of the MDA if they “are not comfortable” being with it.
According to him what is happening now is that the BJP is criticising it’s partner despite being a partner in the MDA.
Tynsong was reacting to the allegations of the BJP state leadership of corruption in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) and the Jaiñtia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) as well as illegal transportation of coal.
Stating that going to the media and making allegations is not the proper platform, the Deputy Chief Minister had said, “Come to the table, bring the papers and we will take action accordingly.”
He said that the MDA has a coordination committee wherein one of the BJP legislator and State president of the party are its members.