Congress legislator from Rangsakona Zenith Sangma on Thursday said that it would be befitting if James K Sangma be removed from the cabinet.
He was reacting to the recent reshuffling of portfolios among the four cabinet ministers. Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Saturday took away the power portfolio from his elder brother James K Sangma and allotted it to Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong.
Speaking to reporters, Zenith said that reshuffling of portfolios for the ministers is the prerogative of the chief minister.
He however said from day one itself the demand of the opposition was to handover the investigation into the alleged irregularities in the MeECL to the CBI but then the government has engaged judicial inquiry into this, so obviously the minister has to be removed.
“In fact when lots of allegations were made against the James Sangma on power and many other departments, it is befitting if he is removed from the cabinet…,” Zenith said.
“He (James) was holding the power portfolio for a long time obviously about certain allegations of corruption. If the inquiry has to be there then the people who are in power, holding the responsibility and total control should obviously be removed,” he added.
When asked, the Congress leader said at the first instance the opposition was demanding this inquiry to be engaged specifically on certain corruption on specific schemes like Saubhagya, tendering on smart meters.
“…but they have engaged this inquiry commission for the entire management and activities of MeECL for the last 10 years. I don’t know what is the logic behind this and that is also three months time. I am afraid that proper justice can be given as time is flying from the day the chief minister had announced till now it is almost two months now,” he said.