Shillong: Reacting to the demand of the BJP, which is a part of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance, that he steps down on allegations of corruption, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday said it was up to the MLAs of the coalition to take a call on the matter.
State BJP vice-president and MDC from Tura, Bernard Marak, had dared Conrad Sangma to bring in a CBI probe into the collapse of the dome of the new Assembly building or resign from the Chief Minister’s post.
The BJP is one of the MDA partners with two MLAs
“It is not my decision to say whether I will step down or not. It is the MLAs of the different coalition partners that will take the call as they are the ones who have elected me so they are the ones who will decide,” Sangma told reporters in reaction to Marak’s demand.
He also maintained that inquiry has to be done by a technical body and the government is trying to rope in an IIT institution.
“We are going through the details of that and we have to await the reply and the report submitted by the technical institutions that are there,” he said.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister also termed the allegation that the contractors of the Assembly building are also being engaged for construction of the National People’s Party (NPP) state office as completely false.
“That is completely false. I would like to clarify that they are not constructing the NPP office,” he said.
“Those are tender process that take place and those tender processes will process as per tender documents and as per tender requirement so in that it could be any contractor who has the thing – they have a record, they have been working, they have constructed massive bridges over the Brahmaputra so obviously their credentials are there and based on that they must have applied and they must have got… that is a procedure that is normally followed in any tender process and that has nothing to do with me particularly in that it is a tender process but since you ask about NPP office I am clarifying that it is completely false,” Sangma who is also NPP president, iterated.