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CM must step down to ensure impartial CBI probe: Paul Lyngdoh

UDP to raise Mukul, ANVC (B) nexus in Delhi

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DP leaders Paul Lyngdoh and A. F Dkhar speak to newsmen on Monday. (UB)

 

SHILLONG: The Opposition UDP, while demanding a CBI probe into alleged nexus of Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma with the ANVC-B militants, has decided to meet the President, Prime Minister, and the Leaders of Opposition of both the Houses of Parliament to apprise them this recent development.

The UDP will also take up issue with the North East Regional Party’s Front of which the party is a part.

Briefing reporters after the political affairs committee meeting of the party chaired by its president Dr Donkupar Roy, UDP working president Paul Lyngdoh said that the Mukul Sangma-led Government should be dismissed to have a fair probe by CBI on his nexus with the militant outfit.

The ANVC-B political secretary Ajaju R Marak in a statement issued to the media had narrated how Dr Sangma retained power with the help of ANVC-B and also revealed how some political leaders were also affected by the activities of ANVC-B in the last elections as per the direction of the Chief Minister.

“We took strong note of the allegations made by ANVC-B linking the Chief Minister to militant activities and the political secretary of ANVC-B went to the extent of saying that the Chief Minister could make it to the office and remain in power with ) the mobilization of support of the ANVC-B which is unprecedented in the history of Meghalaya,” Lyngdoh said.

“The state cannot afford a Chief Minister having nexus with an unlawful and proscribed outfit. We will seek the dismissal of the Government by moving the highest authority and will also seek a CBI probe into the matter”, Lyngdoh said.

According to the UDP leader, in the course of probe it is only natural that the Chief Minister should be dismissed or he should step aside so that he does not use his position to subvert the cause of an impartial probe.

Lyngdoh said that the political affairs committee felt that there was a need to highlight the “tacit and unholy alliance at the national level by way of writing to the President of India, Prime Minister and the Leaders of Opposition of both the Houses of Parliament also by meeting them”

According to UDP, it is a national issue and the Parliament should know that it affects the security of the fragile state of Meghalaya, and moreover since Meghalaya is sharing border with Bangladesh, nexus with the militants will have serious ramifications.

Lyngdoh also said that it is also threat to the rule of law as it will lead to the subversion of the constitution of India.

The UDP leader said that with this revelation, there is serious doubt over the willingness, capacity and moral courage of the Government to tackle militancy in Garo Hills.

He also revealed that the police was very often on backfoot while engaging in anti-insurgency operations due to the lack of political will on the part of Government.

Lyngdoh said that in December last, the Opposition had met the Governor demanding a thorough probe into the alleged nexus between politicians and militants, but in vain as the Governor had not acted.

The UDP leader also said that Chief Minister in the past had admitted that the nexus between the militants and the politicians cannot be ruled out.

Concern over arrest: The UDP has expressed concern over the random arrests of leaders of various pressure groups besides putting them under MPDA.

Recently several leaders of pro-ILP pressure groups were arrested and subsequently the Government had also placed them under MPDA.

Briefing reporters after the political affairs committee meeting of UDP on Monday, the party working president Paul Lyngdoh said that it is a matter of concern that FKJGP leader Reginald Thabah, who did not have any case in police records, was arrested.

Lyngdoh pointed out that the OC of Ampati who is accused of two cases of rape, is still a free man and this only reflects the rot in the whole system.

According to Lyngdoh, the random arrest of youths will make Meghalaya into another Manipur.

“We will ensure support of all concerned citizens to stop the trend”, Lyngdoh said.

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