Shillong, Oct 8: The Bharatia Janata Party (BJP), which is part of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) has demanded immediate arrest of those involved in illegal transportation of coal.
“Home Minister Lakhmen Rymbui should order immediate arrest of the people involved in the illegal coal racket which was cracked by the Assam Police a day ago,” a statement issued by State BJP vice president Bernard Marak said.
He said that the Home Minister should not act arbitrarily when it has come to light that Power Minister James Sangma was involved.
“Rymbui opposed CBI inquiry in the scams in GHADC (Garo Hills Autonomous District Council) and this seems to be the reason why they won’t allow a CBI inquiry because they are involved in illegal and unlawful activities. Former Home Minister James Sangma was removed for his involvement in illegal coal transportation and he seems to be still controlling the coal mafia network,” Marak alleged.
Urging Home Minister not to hide the “high level culprits” who are exploiting the public and the coalition partners, the BJP Vice President said, “If James is involved in illegal transportation of coal, he should be immediately arrested along with others.”
Stating that the State Government should stop functioning like “mafia gang” cheating the public and making maximum “self profit” Marak said, “the BJP had faith in the coalition of NPP but the way corruption is taking place in the State, we fear of trusting NPP.”
BJP MLA, A L Hek is the Health and Family Welfare Minister in the MDA government.
“We want justice to be served by arresting the big shots involved in the illegal coal transportation. People are losing hope in the corruption we see every day, therefore restore good governance in the State. Home Minister Rymbui must stop being biased by siding with the Ministers involved while poor drivers are put behind bars. Such illegal activity should not be tolerated at any cost. Law is equal for all,” Marak said.