Cong call for judicial panel

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Shillong, June 6: The Opposition Congress on Tuesday demanded setting up of a judicial commission to look into the shifting of settlers from Them ïew Mawlong here instead of the high-level committee decided by the state Government.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party, leader of the Opposition Mukul Sangma alleged the present Government had failed to ensure peace.
“The judicial commission will give a very transparent and complete picture about the situation and ways and means of handling it. Getting the whole issue resolved is needed and we wanted to give constructive suggestion for the larger good of the state,” he said.
“We (Congress Government) not only restored peace but managed to sustain it. It is sad that the present Government has messed up everything within 3 months. Today the name and fame of the state that we built over the years and put it among the top tourist destinations has been adversely affected and this has derailed growth,” Mukul said.
He said the responsibility of the state Government was to maintain peace and handle the situation in such a manner so as to restore peace.
On UDP leader Paul Lyngdoh’s comments that the Congress had failed to solve the issue, Mukul said, “Paul Lyngdoh has gone out of circulation. He likes to attract people’s attention because he is not in the reckoning and that’s his style.
“The Congress was privileged to get the opportunity to shoulder the responsibility of governance. Many contentious issues were identified and deliberated upon and we explored the possibility of resolving them one after another,” Mukul said while recalling how his Government had dealt with various challenges like militancy.
On “negative” reporting about Meghalaya in a section of the national media, Mukul said, “The Government of the day should really look at how media is carrying the story. But the Government is proactive in making people from outside come and give all kinds of statements. I demand they get all the statements recorded and if there is any inflammatory comment, the law must prevail. I see there is too much intervention of the MHA (Home Ministry) and multiple authorities acting on it. In the whole narrative, the electronic and print media are not spreading any good thing about the state. This clearly reflects the incompetence of the incumbent Government.”
Slamming the Government for allowing people from outside to visit the state in view of the present situation, Mukul sought to know whether the Home Ministry or the Chief Minister’s office or the Home Minister’s office was calling the shots. “This is a very dangerous trend and it demonstrates the lack of competence of this Government,” Mukul said. (TTNE)