Shillong: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is a constituent of the National People’s Party (NPP)-led ruling MeghalayaDemocratic Alliance (MDA) on Thursday challenged Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma for an open debate on corruption and the need to institute CBI inquiry into the alleged scams raided by the party.
“Stop politics, let’s debate on corruption issues and need to do CBI inquiry into various scams raised by BJP. BJP is not in MDA to profit from the scans but to voice against it. Accept the challenge
and prove your stand. BJP will not stop raising corruption issues. CM Conrad Sangma should prove publicly why he says “No” to CBI inquiry,” State BJP vice president Bernard Marak said.
Claiming that the BJP is not a corrupt party and the schemes designed under BJP are transparent and people oriented, mostly meant for the poor, the former militant leader-turned politician accused the coalition partners of the MDA of “looting the poor with their lies”.
“Enough of scams, we gave them time to reform but all we see is scams. We want all regional parties and other constituent allies to choose good governance over corruption,” he said in a statement issued via his WhatsApp.
Countering the Chief Minister’s statement that “BJP is free to withdraw support from the MDA”, Marak termed it as “nothing but cheap politics. Chief Minister appointed, Chief Minister can remove and we are ready for the show.”
“Money and power is not everything in politics, good leadership is. Sidelining many MLAs from Garo Hills proves they don’t care for the people of their constituencies. Tura, after BJP winning the MDC
seat is targeted by depriving the basic needs of the people and creating fear psychosis through evictions. They should give chance to other MLAs from Garo Hills so that they can provide the basics to their people,” Marak, who is also an elected member to Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), said.
Noting that the BJP will continue to campaign against corruption and stress for a corruption free governance, the BJP leader said, “The dangerous trend of eating away everything like the parasite should stop. We all should understand, we shall leave this state to our children.”
He also urged all like-minded parties with progressive and developmental ideologies to come forward to draw a new roadmap for the state and its people.
“Many capable leaders are there in the state who can lead without being greedy. Representatives are voted to power to bring change in their constituencies and state as a whole. Looting everyone, even the poorest beneficiaries and building their own dynasty was never a part of governance,” Marak said.
“BJP will not compromise on any important issue and will raise its voice continuously as it has been doing so,” he said.