Shillong: The breach of privilege motion against Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma for allegedly misleading the house on the 2007 NTPC power purchase agreement was rejected by the House with a voice vote. The House witnessed a heated debate between the ruling government and the Opposition.
MLA Zenith Sangma moved the motion saying that the chief minister had misled the House while replying to a pending motion on March 9 during the Budget Session.
Zenith said the CM, in his reply, had mentioned that the state would have to pay an amount of Rs 11 crore per month. Zenith stated that it is not mentioned in the agreement.
He added that there is also no mention of Rs 133 crore per year and Rs 3,325 crore to be paid in the next 25 years to NTPC as a result of the agreement signed in 2007.
Zenith stated that there is an exit clause in the agreement if the MeECL is not willing to purchase power from the NTPC or unable to pay the dues.
Responding to the allegation, Conrad K Sangma stated that the Power crisis did not start yesterday, rather, it dates back to many years including the NTPC agreement.
“NTPC billed an amount of Rs 11.8 crore with fixed charges, the government has cleared Rs 100 cr to NTPC. The outstanding dues to the NTPC is Rs 531 crore,” said Sangma.
He questioned how the information was misleading.
Amid the heated argument, the Speaker questioned Zenith if he was willing to withdraw the motion, to which Zenith said that he was not satisfied with the information and wouldn’t withdraw. The Speaker subsequently put the question before the House, and it was rejected through voice vote.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prestone Tynsong was quick to jump in and stated since there is no ground to the complain, the complainant should be charged Rs 500 as per rule 173 of the Rules and procedures and conduct of Business of the Meghalaya Legislative assembly.