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Conrad promises resurgent Meghalaya

SHILLONG: Conrad K. Sangma promised a slew of measures to help the people see a resurgent Meghalaya as the NPP president addressed a series of poll rally in the north eastern state on Tuesday.

Sangma observed that the people have given Congress enough time and opportunity. But the people in power have been failing to deliver the good much to their utter disappointment.

He said, "the political currents have changed in Meghalaya and people have a desire for a change and the change will happen. People have realised that in Congress party there is no democracy as Mukul have turned Congress to be a Mukul Party", he said.

In his speech at Shallang, he slammed Mukul Sangma and his government for failing to efficiently deal with the coal issue with the centre after NGT imposed the ban.

According to Conrad, the people largely depend on coal directly or indirectly but the chief minister has failed to ensure that mining is in the interest of the people.

"I raised the issue in the Parliament several times and with the ministry because I am really concerned for our people and their livelihood. It is surprising that the state government under the leadership of Mukul failed to take up the issue with the centre", he said.

Conrad further accused Mukul for being least interested in taking up the issue of coal even with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"If he (Mukul) was concerned for the people, he (Mukul) would have done but he is just not bothered because he has a business lobby and was making attempt to push the coal mining through corporates", he said.

"The Centre had asked Meghalaya to draft a mining policy but Mukul has failed the people because he has no vision. NPP has a political will but no political power, if the people give their mandate NPP would ensure that mining starts again in the state ", Conrad said specifying that mining is a thrust area which is part of the people's document as NPP believes in scientific approach to coal mining.

Conrad was on his whirlwind chopper tour of four different constituencies, Songsak, Chokpot, Kharkutta and the coal rich belt of Shallang under Mawshynrut constituency of West Khasi Hills.