SHILLONG, June 19 - With an eye on the 2018 Assembly elections in Meghalaya, the BJP has come down heavily on the Congress-led Government here saying the Government has �exhibited a complete moral drift and weak-kneed approach� in matters of governance.
In its second State executive meeting here on Saturday, chaired by Ajay Jamwal, Secretary in-charge Organisation, North East, the BJP said the Congress Government has failed to live up to its 2013 election manifesto.
�The Mukul Sangma-led Congress Government has exhibited a complete moral drift, a weak-kneed approach with regards to internal security, infiltration and total apathy towards the vexed boundary dispute,� BJP (Meghalaya) spokesperson, Basu Chakraborty said.
Claiming developmental initiatives have been stalled because of internal fights within the Congress, Chakraborty said, �The Chief Minister is only busy to please his political masters in Delhi.�
He further said the Chief Minister is shielding one of his Ministers in the infamous Education Scam. �It only proves the moral drift of this Government,� the BJP spokesperson reiterated.
Demanding a White Paper on maintenance work of National Highway-44, which recently claimed lives of 25 passengers in a bus accident, he said, the accident was caused largely due to the dilapidated condition of the highway.
Frequent accidents have occurred �due to neglect on the part of Meghalaya PWD, which has not undertaken repair and maintenance of Khliehriat-Sonapur stretch of NH-44.�
On illegal influx of Bangladeshi nationals, the BJP said, the Congress Government has not adopted any effective mechanism to address this problem. Chakraborty said the indigenous population has an apparent fear of being swamped by foreign nationals.
�The genuine non-tribals, some of whom have been residing here for the past 50 or 100 years have a grievance that they are being accorded second and third class status,� he stated.
The party also questioned the sincerity of the Congress party in solving the vexed boundary problem with Assam when it was the ruling party both in the States of Assam and Meghalaya.
�The BJP resolves that if elected to power, the party shall give top priority in settling the issue with the present BJP Government in Assam,� the BJP said.
The party also condemned the deteriorating law and order situation in the State, especially in Garo Hills. It also expressed concern on the atrocities committed on minorities in Bangladesh. He said the Dhaka district administration has reportedly issued an eviction notice to over 700 Khasi families living at Nahar Punji of Srimangal Upazila in Moulavi Bazar, Chakraborty said.
Chakraborty said, �the whole move is planned in such a way that not only Khasis, but also Hindus, Buddhists and Christians are being targeted, tortured and murdered in Bangladesh.� Condemning these atrocities, the BJP said it would take up the matter with the Union Home Minister on priority.