Mukul Sangma clarifies on "terrorist" remark; says Surjewala spoke of whole NE not only Meghalaya
Leader of opposition, Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday clarified the "terrorists" remarks made by the spokesperson of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), Randeep Singh Surjewala, saying his remarks have been taken out of context.
"Listen to his press briefing… If one takes out just a portion of what he said and interprets it the way it has been done by many, then the whole narrative seems distorted," Sangma told media persons here today.
On August 18, Surjewala had called the youth of Meghalaya “Taliban-like, AK-47 brandishing terrorists” in a press conference after the recent law and order situation in the Shillong following the supposed police encounter of former Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) leader Cherish S Thangkhiew.
In his clarification, Sangma said that what Surjewala was talking about was that on Independence Day, many untoward incidents were reported from the whole of Northeast and the incident in Shillong was just one of them.
"The video of a Scorpio that was snatched away from the police by unidentified youths will generate different kinds of perceptions. How will people from outside the Northeast perceive this after seeing the visuals? Surjewala spoke about the entire Northeast, not just Meghalaya," he asked.
The former Meghalaya Chief Minister also added that Surjewala was only drawing the attention of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government about the incidents that are happening in Northeast India.
Surjewala's statement did not go down well with the people of the state and they criticised the Congress leader for interfering in the state's affairs without knowing the crux of the matter.
(Edited by Shankar Turha)
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