Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday issued a clarification regarding his visit to Guwahati to attend the swearing-in ceremony of new Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.

On Monday, several citizens lashed out at Sangma for violating COVID-19 protocols and questioned the CM for his alleged lack of responsibility. 

Some even pointed out that amid oxygen shortage in Meghalaya, the CM had cancelled an important cabinet meeting to attend Himanta Biswa Sarma’s swearing-in ceremony in Guwahati, violating all COVID-19 protocols.

There were 2,899 active COVID-19 cases in the state as of May 10.

Taking to his Twitter handle, Sangma said, “Some people are concerned about me following or rather not following protocols let me assured everyone that protocols apply to all. But we should still be careful and COVID could happen to anyone anytime. Be safe always wear masks and sanitise hands regularly.”

Along with his tweet, Conrad Sangma added a notification issued on April 21, by the state’s heealth and family department. It reads, “All persons entering the State except those mentioned at (a) above: “Exempted from testing if they possess a valid final certificate of vaccination.”

Conrad Sangma received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on March 12 at the Civil Hospital in Shillong and his second dose on April 26 in Tura.

Memes calling out the government’s double standard were shard on social media multiple times.



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