Meghalaya BJP leader AL Hek is also the health minister of the state

Shillong: After Meghalaya BJP president Ernest Mawrie claimed that they would withdraw support to the NPP-led MDA government in the state, party MLA and minister AL Hek said that the state leadership alone cannot take a final call on this matter.

Mawrie’s reaction came after the party had earlier made severel corruption allegations in the two Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) of the state.

State BJP’s move came as a surprise since it is a coalition party of the ruling MDA government and several other political leaders have now called this a ‘political gimmick’.

Hek informed that they will have to apprise the central party leadership if the party in the state feels the need to withdraw support from the present MDA government. A final decision on withdrawing of support will depend on the party central leadership, added Hek.

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When asked if he would urge the state government to carry out an investigation into the corruption allegations made by his party colleague, Hek said that he will impress upon the government to carry out a proper inquiry on the misuse of funds in the Jaiñtia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) and Garo Hills Autonomous District Councils (GHADC).

“As the BJP MLA, I will raise the issue raised by the party on the alleged misappropriation of funds in the two ADCs. These are serious allegations which need to be properly investigated,” Hek said.

He further added that he will also write to chief minister Conrad K Sangma to look into this matter since the party’s claims are supported by facts and figures and are not just mere allegations.

“We can’t just remain mum on this issue. It is the duty of the government to find out if there is any truth on the allegations made by the state BJP,” Hek said.

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