SPC submits letter to Chief Minister against Home Minister

Shillong Jan 8: The Shillong Press Club (SPC) has submitted a letter to Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma against Home Minister, James K Sangma in connection with an incident where the minister confronted with a senior journalist near office chamber in the state secretariat on January 6.

The letter signed by SPC president, David Laitphlang and general secretary, Powell Sohkhlet narrated to the chief minister about the sequent of events which started with journalists seeking an appointment with the Home Minister on January 6 as they wanted to ask questions on several issues pertaining to the departments he is looking after.

The letter also said that over the years, the Home Minister has been the most inaccessible Minister, even during the most challenging times that the state went through.

“His behaviour, to sum up in one word is downright arrogant, thereby tarnishing the entire image of your government which projects itself as a people-friendly and accessible government,” the letter said.

The Shillong Press Club sought an unconditional apology from the Home Minister along with assurance from the chief minister that such unwanted behaviour will not repeat, failing which, the press fraternity will take recourse to other options.

The press fraternity also suggested appointment of an official spokesperson of the State Government who can share relevant information wanted by the press fraternity on various issues concerning the state and its people from time to time.

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