SHILLONG, FEB 11: TMC candidate from North Shillong Elgiva Gwyneth Rynjah on Saturday said the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government has failed miserably to handle the law and order situation in the state.
Rynjah told reporters that the moment the MDA government came to power in 2018, there was complete breakdown of law and order in the state.
“And it first started off from our very own constituency, it started off with the Harijan Colony issue. I feel so sad that during the tenure of the current government it has ruined the lives of many people in our constituency,” she said.
She recalled how people of the constituency had to suffer due to the mishandling of the entire issue and said similar incidents also took place in the constituency during the protest against CAB issue.
It may be mentioned here that the violent agitation started following an exchange of words between a bus driver and a lady residing at Them Iew Mawlong on May 31, 2018 over the parking of a bus.
The altercation that led to the assault of the driver and two other persons by some men in the area, caused a volatile situation with unruly mob demanding shifting of settlers from Them Iew Mawlong.
Mob pelted stones at security personnel during the agitation while security forces resorted to firing of tear gas shells to disperse the agitated mob. This has led to the imposition of curfew by the district administration in the entire Shillong city for over 80 days.
Also referring to the killing of former HNLC leader Cheristerfield Thangkhiew which led to law and order breakdown in Shillong, she said, “Both the chief minister and the home minister as well as the entire MDA government had also failed…”
She said though there were incidents, the state never had to face such experiences of law and order breakdown during the eight years rule of the Mukul Sangma-led Congress government.
She also slammed the MDA government for resorting to internet ban whenever there is any problem in the state.
Meanwhile, Rynjah urged the people of the state not to vote for the regional parties as they are part and parcel of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) led by BJP. She said if they have the guts to withdraw themselves from the NEDA, maybe the people will look up to them.
On the CM’s claim that there is no opposition in Meghalaya, the TMC candidate said, “When the CM says that TMC is just a party which has no value I would tell him that the TMC in Meghalaya is the only principal opposition party in the state in the country who dares to fight the BJP.”