Congress Tura MP candidate and Leader of Opposition, Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday lashed out at the Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma over his statement on flagship programmes introduced by the previous MUA government, and called him a ‘hypocrite’ and a ‘puppet’.
KSU members of South West Khasi Hills District and Mawkyllut Unit caught a drug peddler and an addict while they were disembarking a vehicle at Laitlawsang near the office of the Superintendent of Fisheries, South West Khasi Hills District Mawkyrwat on Wednesday night.
Following the charges of molestation on a priest from Kerala a few days ago in Garo Hills, Meghalaya, the Church has taken cognizance of reports in the media of the priest’s wrong doing and has suspended the accused priest from all priestly ministries.
The letter of suspension was signed by the Bishop of Tura, Rt Rev Andrew R Marak who added that the Church did not know about such acts committed by her priests and would never support it. The Bishop also sought wide circulation of the order in an effort to ensure that there were no flare ups within sections of the same community.
The letter stated that the priest, who is now in judicial custody, was suspended pending investigation into the molestation case by the Provincial Superior of MSFS Congregation.
Interestingly, more skeletons seemed to have tumbled out of the cupboard of the accused priest after it was found that the name he submitted to the police was one of many such IDs he carried. The matter came forth through the suspension letter of the Bishop which put his name as Abraham Ponvilel (MSFS) and not Biju Joseph as given to the police and media.
The accused was a priest of the Somonpara Parish in South Garo Hills and is originally from the state of Kerala.
On the morning of March 16, the accused priest got on the bus from near Guwahati on the Millennium Wave night bus when he allegedly tried to hold the hand of a female fellow passenger seated next to him. The incident allegedly took place after the bus left Paikan in Goalpara district of Assam, a little after midnight, where a dinner stop is made.
The case led to the priest being man handled by passengers who later handed him over to the police at Bajengdoba PS in North Garo Hills.
Following the incident, the 27 year old victim was subjected to mental torture after some miscreants on social media began to call her names and tried to shame her, allegedly for naming the priest. An FIR was filed at the Tura PS in WGH, on the harassment she was meted out with police now on the lookout for those involved in naming and shaming her.
With the last date for filing of nomination in a single phase of the Lok Sabha polls ending today, candidates of various political parties have come forward to file their nomination papers before the country goes to poll in 7 phases starting April 11.
A day after Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma led-National Peoples Party (NPP) received a major boost with the joining of 15 BJP leaders in Arunachal Pradesh including 2 ministers and 12 other sitting legislators, NPP National President and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma expressed his happiness and exuded confidence in winning the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
He said, ” Firstly we are very happy that the leaders have expressed their faith in the ideology of the party and I would like to welcome them all to NPP. This is the beginning of a very positive sign for the party in Arunachal Pradesh and we hope that more people will join us. We do hope that with more people joining in, NPP will fare very well in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections”.
Reacting to a query as to whether NPP has become the only alternative in Northeast India, Conrad said, ” We have been trying to build the party on this ideology and people have begun to realise our ideology and are joining us”.
Speaking about the candidature of his sister Agatha Sangma and her chances of victory from Tura Parliamentary constituency in upcoming General Elections, the CM said, ” It is never easy and no election can be taken for granted. The first rule of election is to ensure that one is not over confident. We are working hard and I am happy to see peoples’ response and we are expecting a positive response”.
Conrad Sangma is currently campaigning for NPP candidate for Tura parliamentary seat Agatha Sangma at Resubelpara. She has also been a former MP and was part of 15th Lok Sabha. She was the youngest Minister of State in the UPA 2nd Manmohan Singh Cabinet.