Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today took strong exception to comments by NCP leaders in the wake of ethnic violence, saying that they should rather coordinate with the government in quelling the unrest.
"Instead of coordinating with the government in restoring normalcy, Union minister of state Agatha Sangma is moving around and criticising the state government which is unexpected of a union minister," Sangma said here at a media briefing.
The chief minister said he would write to Prime Minister Mammohan Singh about this "distasteful behaviour of the Union Minister." "They (Agatha, her father P A Sangma and Opposition leader Conrad Sangma) are moving around in the disturbed areas to take advantage of the situation to further their political interests.
They have even gone to the affected areas against the advice of the administration," he said. The chief minister was reacting to statements by NCP leaders that the state government had failed to handle the situation and it was because of the party's initiative that the Centre had sent forces and a Home Ministry team to visit the affected areas. "The chief minister has not only failed to visit Garo Hills in the past few days, but also tried to stake claims the credit for the swift moves taken by us," Opposition leader and P A Sangma's son Conrad had said yesterday.
"Are they competing with the state government? Do they want to get mileage? They should know where they belong. It is indicative of their desperation. They should desist from playing politics at this critical juncture," an angry chief minister shot back today.
He also urged all political leaders to join hands with the administration in restoring normalcy in the violence-hit areas. NCP leaders had visited the ethnic violence-hit areas of Goalpara in Assam some days ago, where they were gheraoed by a mob, prompting the security forces to fire in air and resort to lathicharge.