Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong appears to have run out of patience with the almost daily public criticism of the government by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), calling on the junior partner in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government to quit if the party is “not comfortable” being in power.
“You are part of the government and if you are not comfortable you are free to leave,” Tynsong, of the National People’s Party (NPP), said today in an open challenge to the saffron party.
The BJP has been highly critical of the government and its political allies with regards to alleged corruption in the Garo and Jaiñtia Hills Autonomous District Councils (GHADC and JHADC), alleged illegal transportation of coal and, today, the idea to introduce a central bonded warehouse in the state.
Stating that going to the media and making allegations is not the proper platform, the Deputy Chief Minister 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 two BJP legislators and state President of the party are its members.
Tynsong added that the MDA has been committed to fight against any illegalities from the day it was formed, back in 2018.
On the issue of illegal coal transportation, he said that the government had time and again instructed the Deputy Commissioners and the Superintendents of Police to carry out checking and make sure that illegal transportation should not be allowed.