By Our Reporter, TNT News | SHILLONG, Jan 11, 2018:
The distribution of money by the Congress MLAs under the Livestock and Women Upliftment scheme 2017-18 just before the elections, has created not only suspicions but also gave political rivals a chance to level allegations against the ‘sudden attempt’ of the party to utilize the schemes at the last moment.
It was reported that many people from Mylliem, Mawphlang and Sohiong constituency were handed a cheque of Rs 5000 through the respective Block Development Offices, by the local MLAs, all of whom are congress legislators. While few claimed that the money was given under the livestock and women Upliftment scheme, others consider it as an MLA scheme.
While the electorate of the three constituencies had different understanding and narration as the reason for being given the money, yet everyone agreed that all they had to do was walk up to the designated place set for the distribution of cheques with their voter ID and walk out with the Rs 5,000 cheque undersigned and sealed by the Block Development Officer (BDO).
“I really don’t know why we are getting the money; perhaps it is some MLA scheme. I took it because they gave,” said a lady in her late twenties of Mawphlang on anonymity.
Yet another lady in her early twenties from Mylliem constituency, when enquired said, “I went with my voter ID and I got the cheque. It is a simple process”.
It was not just the case in East Khasi Hills District, there were reports of the same being done at Ri-Bhoi district under Umsning block.
“For the past five years we did not get money for any scheme and Why now? Just because it is time to vote,” said a lady hailing from Umsning over the phone.
She further alleged that people of the elected representatives visited them and asked for their account number and passbook.
While the beneficiaries are surprised yet happy with this move, political rivals on the other hand, are not contended with the ‘supposed’ move of the congress to help the people in need just before the state goes to polls.
Earlier, while addressing a public rally organised by the United Democratic Party (UDP) at Malki Ground on Thursday, UDP working president and West Shillong legislator Paul Lyngdoh slammed the Congress for distributing money to the people of various constituencies in Khasi Hills on the pretext of helping the people in need under the Livelihood Programme stating that this is nothing but a stunt to gain mileage in a crucial time as the state is due to go to poll next month.
“The distribution of a cheque of Rs 5000 to the electorate just before the elections is highly suspicious and this is nothing but a trick to fool people,” Lyngdoh said while cautioning people to stay alert and not to fall into the congress’s trap.
furthermore, he said that the people have to be weary of such political stunts adding that the money or ‘aid’ as referred by the congress is but a loan which needs to be repaid once the time period is over. “Don’t fall for it,” Lyngdoh cautioned the voters.
Meanwhile, when contacted, the congress legislators of these respective constituencies are not available for comments.