As the ongoing autumn session of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly continues to be a stormy one, the opposition Congress is all set to table a no-confidence motion against the National People’s Party (NPP)-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government on Tuesday for its failure in all fronts especially in protecting the interest of the state.
“During this session, the opposition will table a motion expressing its want of confidence in the council of ministers led by the incumbent chief minister Conrad K Sangma in view of the failure of the government in all fronts particularly the failure to protect the interest of the state,” Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma told reporters on Monday.
He said when there is an issue of protecting the interest of the state and the government is seen to be completely insensitive and trying to shy away from its responsibility, there cannot be any situation which can be a dangerous precedent for the state as a whole.
“Therefore, the House is the best platform where issues can be appropriately flagged before the government, draw the attention of the members of the august house and see how the house collectively look at the interest of the state as the priority and how the interest of the state supersede everything,” Sangma said.
The former chief minister said that the motion will be taken up on Tuesday as he added that it will depend on the wisdom of the Speaker, whether the motion can be taken up immediately or subsequently – we will be guided by the rules.
Asked whether the intention is to topple the government, Sangma however said that the opposition does not predict because what happens in the house cannot be taken for granted in advance.
“It depends on the conscience and realization of the members of the august house if the members of the august house have a realization of the fact that the interest of the state is under threat,” he said.
If the opposition will approach the ruling members for support, the leader of opposition said, “The purpose of today’s sharing our intent before you is precisely to send this message loud and clear whoever loves the state and whoever wants to protect the interest of the state I think they will definitely look at their respective roles and realign their respective positive.”
To another query related to the performance of the government in the House, Sangma said what is being reflected is that the government is having a predetermined motive to hide everything at the cost of the interest of the state and that is very dangerous.
“That is glaringly visible in the course of the submission before the media outside the house and while replying inside the house. Therefore, what is being read by all of us is that there is a complete predetermined motive to somehow stonewall the whole truth from coming out. That is very dangerous when the government of the day is responsible to somehow stonewall any measures as per law from unearthing the truth in the best interest of the state. There is nothing else supersede against the interest of the state,” he said.
He reminded that any issues brought before the house is for the interest of the state and whatever information becomes the property of the house and the people adding the executive is accountable to the legislature, which represents the people.
Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition also termed the attitude of the chief minister as childish by referring to the previous government and a former bureaucrat turned politician inside the House.
“I must express my concern about this attitude of the chief minister. It is nothing but an effort to beat around the bush, somehow hide the fact and at the same time, childish behavior in referring to any member of the august house about the preceding engagement as a public leader or as government officer or businessman,” he said while stating that the Mawsynram MLA is representing the people of the constituency as an elected member and not as an ex-officer of the government.