The Motphran violence of May 31st, 2018 not only led people to participate in a war of words but also the political parties. 13 days after the incident that made Shillong hit not only local but also National media headlines, as normalcy begins to set in the city, Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) and the National People’s Youth Front (NPYF) seem to suffer the aftermath of the trauma.
A day after MPYC demanded that the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and the Home Minister James Sangma immediately step down from their respective posts due to their incompetence and immaturity in handling the recent situations in Meghalaya, the NPYF have also come up with a fitting reply to the demands.
In a press release, NPYF questioned the motives of the MPYC in their demands pertaining to resignation of the Chief Minister and Home Minister. The NPYF stated at their meeting held on Thursday that the Chief Minister and the Home Minister have shown nothing but maturity in handling the crisis that had crippled the State Capital for the last two weeks.
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“The fact that the situation was resolved tactfully with no casualties speaks volumes of the ability of the State Government to address such a situation”, NPYF added.
NPYF also expressed gratitude to all political parties, civil society organisations and pressure groups, the Rangbah Shnongs, Church Elders and the Women organisations for showing their keen and untiring efforts to offer suggestions, to meet the Government in finding ways to restore peace and normalcy.
They also pointed out that this is in stark contrast to the mishandling of the situation of the then Home Minister in 2005 where nine innocent persons lost their precious lives in Williamnagar and Tura.
As for the claims by the MPYC on the erratic power cuts, the NPYF questioned as to why despite being in power for eight years, the previous government was not able to show any noticeable improvement in the power infrastructure of the state. The present power minister has taken positive steps in improving power infrastructure across the State, despite in his short tenure in the chair.
The NPYF also stated at their meeting that if the MPYC is curious as to why the internet and SMS services were disabled, they must demand the names and numbers of the perpetrators who were inciting trouble by spreading “fake news” across the city limits and the State. It was the fake news that brought on untoward incident in the State, it is not that the government willingly disabled their services but rather to protect the people of the state from fake news.
NPYF also said that should be aware that shutting down of Data Services of telecom service providers is a standard operation procedure in many states across India and abroad.
It may be recalled that MPYC also highlighted the woes in Garo Hills where the electricity has been “playing disco in recent weeks. We would think that the Power Minister being from Garo Hills, we would at least get some semblance of “uninterrupted” power. The people of Garo Hills are enduring long hours without electricity and frequent powercuts all without any valid reasons. No work can be done uninterrupted. If the Power Minister cannot even get this under control, what is the use of the chair?”, the MPYC had questioned while adding that the right to free speech was being curbed by the present government.
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