Shillong: The opposition Congress in Meghalaya lashed out at the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government for their laidback attitude towards the law and order situation in the state. The opposition felt that the Ichamati violence could have been avoided if the government was not in a slumber.
Questioning the government’s lack of connectivity with the citizens of the state, Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma on Wednesday slammed the government for its lack of governance.
Sangma said that it pains to see how Meghalaya is now known for all the wrong reasons.
“The avoidable events which had happened in the preceding days are precisely because of the government which is completely disconnected, which is completely looking at the affairs of governance with a chalta hain approach, in spite of the writings on the walls. Today, you see the outcome which is painful and condemnable by all,” said Sangma.
Lashing out at the government, Sangma said that whenever there is law and order situation in the state, the first thing that the government would do is infringe upon the rights of the people.
Recalling his ruling days, Sangma asked if it was really necessary for internet shutdown. “Have we not run the government in the past? Prior to 2018, when did you see internet shutdown? There is complete lack of mismanagement at the cost of the name and fame of the state,” added Sangma.
Sangma questioned how the government did not know about the Ichamati incident. “What were they up to?” he questioned.
“Every day, there is a daily secret information given to the CM. The CM is privileged to have the DSI on his table every day. How is it that they have found to be in deep slumber that such an unprecedented incident of a communal conflict could happen?” said Sangma.
While the curfew was relaxed for a few hours at Police Bazar on Tuesday, the people in the city were alien to this information. Elderly people in the state had also criticised how the curfew is being imposed when most people were seen walking out on the streets. And that back in the days people were strictly asked to stay indoors.
Observing this, Sangma said that there is no due diligence how the curfew is being enforced. And that half of the people in the city were not even aware.
Sangma said that as opposition they are bound to point a finger and let the government know that they have to wake up. He added that one could not afford to have a government who is not concerned about what is happening on ground zero.