By Our Reporter | Shillong, June 20, 2018:
Amid the prevailing tension over the demand of relocation of residents from Sweeper Lane at Them Iew Mawlong in Shillong, war of words between the ruling and opposition party over the issue is already taking the centre stage.
The first blind arrow was shot by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma when he stated that the Shillong Violence was orchestrated though he refused to comment on whether any politician(s) were involved in the engineering the unrest.
Reacting to this statement, the Opposition party — Congress came down heavily on the chief minister for his remark stating that instead of figuring out ways to calm the situation, he was quick to lay blame even as they blamed the ‘inefficiency’ of the state government for ‘failure’ to maintain law and order in the capital city.
No sooner had the first volley of attacks and counter attacks came flying from opposite directions, the state government on Tuesday stated that it cannot rule out the role of any political party in the Shillong unrest.
“I cannot rule out that as Opposition’s duty is to create problems and see that Government is destabilized,” said Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday adding the opposition always tries to create problems and destabilize the government.
Launching a scathing attack on Tynsong for his statement, Congress legislator Ampareen Lyngdoh on Wednesday termed the statement of the Dy CM as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘unacceptable’ while stating that when it comes to safety concerns, it would be criminal for any political party to take that to the edge.
Asked whether the Deputy CM is politicizing the issue, Ampareen said that they are all in the business of politics but when it comes to safety concern, it would be criminal on the part of any political party to take that to the edge. “It is important to remember that the interest, safety, well being of the citizens should be the top most priority,” she said. adding that one needs to check the checks and balances and it does not look good for a senior leader to say something as ‘irresponsible’ as this.
She further said that the opposition cannot be made a “scape goat of an incompetent governance” and added that they stand by one value that “they shall not create confusion, entertain violence and anger.”