The Voice of the People Party (VPP) praised its own MLAs for taking a stand on the issue of what language the Governor addresses the budget session of the state Assembly in.
Governor Phagu Chauhan had last year addressed the Assembly in Hindi, which led to a VPP walkout. This year, before the session begins, the party had demanded that the Governor either speak in English or that the Assembly provide a live translation of the speech when Chauhan makes his address on February 16.
The Assembly Secretariat has reportedly scheduled simultaneous translation of the speech into English.
Today, VPP spokesperson Batskhem Myrboh congratulated the “courageous and principled stand” and assertion of the four VPP MLAs in this matter.
It also expressed appreciation to the Speaker of the Assembly and the state government for “finally coming to good sense that Meghalaya is not a Hindi-speaking state.”
Myrboh added that last year the Speaker and the government “defended the indefensible” and forced the people of the state to listen to the address of the Governor in a language they do not understand.