Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is part of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) demanded that the Power Minister, James K Sangma should be immediately arrested, if he is involved in the illegal transportation of coal, Home Minister Lakhmen Rymbui has once again reiterated that neither Meghalaya nor India is a police state as due process of law is there which will be followed.
“Meghalaya or India is not a police state, that whatever allegation anybody alleges we should arrest immediately, the process of law is there and it’s not that anybody can or will defend or protect as due process of law has to be followed,” Home Minister Rymbui said.
Earlier, brushing aside BJP’s allegation of illegal transportation of coal in the state, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma denied the allegation saying BJP is acting irresponsibly.
Stating that the Government is ensuring any movement that takes place should be with proper valid documents, Conrad Sangma said, “These allegations are completely baseless.”
While the MDA Government continues to be in denial mode on the allegations, the allegation of a syndicated supply of coal to Assam was made after Assam police had intercepted coal-laden Lorries and arrested the operators. Following which the name of a Meghalaya Minister surfaced.
Meanwhile, the United Democratic Party President and Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Metbha Lyngdoh said any alliance partner under MDA Government having any issue should be brought to the notice of the MDA Chairman or the Chief Minister.
“ I think we are part of the MDA Government and if there is anything it should be brought to the notice of the Chief Minister so that CM can address the issue. My point is any political party having issues, grievances, differences within MDA, they can bring out any of the issues to the chairman of MDA or the Chief Minister so that they address those issues,” Lyngdoh said.
The tall claims of the government that no illegal coal mining and transportation fell flat two years ago when more than a dozen labourer working in an illegal coal mine at Ksan died and even social activists were grievously assaulted at East Jaintia Hills while they were taking pictures of the illegal coal mining taking place in the area. EOM