SHILLONG, Sept 29 (IANS): Terming the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government as "corrupt to the core", Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons on Friday promised to provide a corruption-free government in the state if his BJP is voted to power.
"We are into the election mode in Meghalaya and our simple objective is to come to power. We want to come to power for simple reason for us, power has been instrument for bringing happiness to the ordinary citizen.
"We are not here for power for the sake of power. We want to bring happiness to the last person out there. We will bring to the table to the people of Meghalaya a corruption-free government and we will ensure that," Alphons told journalists on his maiden visit to Meghalaya.
He also voiced concern on the lack of basic infrastructure in Shillong.
"Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful places on earth... look at the incredible potential the state has if we just promote tourism.. imagine the millions of job it can create. But look at the way things are, no infrastructure so nobody comes here.
"These are the basic things that the government will create if we come to power. We will do big things in tourism. We will do big things to create jobs for the local people," he said.
Seeking to allaying the fears that BJP is anti-minority, he said: "We will ensure opportunities for every community. Before (Narendra) Modi came to power in 2014, there was such huge propaganda saying if the BJP comes to power, churches will be burnt, Christians will be beaten up and mosques will be demolished all across the country.
"It is complete false propaganda. I am aware of what is happening in the country, not one church anywhere in this country has been destroyed, burnt down or even damaged under the Modi government."