Meghalaya unrest: Unraveling The Shillong disaccord
Curfew was imposed in at least four districts of Shillong on August 15 after incidents of vandalism and arson during the funeral procession for Chesterfield Thangkhiew. (File image)

Shillong: Meghalaya leader of opposition Mukul Sangma on Thursday clarified that Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala’s remarks on the situation in the state and the parallels drawn with the Taliban militants on the streets of Kabul have been taken “out of context”.

The former chief minister said that Surjewala, who is the general secretary of Indian National Congress, was referring to the visuals of the masked miscreants brandishing rifles and driving an SUV amid the curfew in Shillong on Sunday.

“He also spoke about the whole Northeast including the border row between Assam and Mizoram. As a spokesperson of the party, he was drawing the attention of the government of India on why these things were happening in the Northeast,” said Sangma.

Sangma explained that the lawlessness, anger and frustration weaken the overall environment that is so important to generate momentum of progress. “Peace and harmony are crucial. It comes when we all feel comfortable and secure leaving no space of insecurity about the future. So, what was spoken about was keeping all this in mind and how it all started from CAA protests seen in the Northeast and also the border row,” said Sangma.

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On Wednesday, pointing to a video of men brandishing AK-47 rifles on the streets of Shillong, Surjewala had compared the situation in Meghalaya with what the Taliban are doing in Afghanistan.

He had also alleged that the Northeast has been pushed into arson and constitutional anarchy.

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