I dare Congress to file an FIR, says Dy CM on allegations that Covid testing centres are becoming ATMs for MDA
“I think Congress has quite a number of legal experts within the party so a legal course of action should be taken and if not, it is only a mere allegation,” Tynsong said, adding that “allegations become a key factor to pursue voters during elections."
A day after Congress Chief Vincent Pala alleged that Covid-19 testing centres are being misused by the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government during bye-polls, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong dared the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president to file an FIR in this regard.
“If he (Pala) does have documentary proof, I think the nearest police station is always there, let him file an FIR,” Tynsong told the press, while reacting to Pala’s allegation that COVID camps are becoming “ATMs” for the National People’s Party (NPP) and United Democratic Party (UDP) during the bye-polls.
“I think Congress has quite a number of legal experts within the party so a legal course of action should be taken and if not, it is only a mere allegation,” he further maintained, adding that “allegations become a key factor to pursue voters during elections."
“Tell me, what is the agenda of the Congress right now in the bye-election? On what basis are they contesting the election besides making allegations," Tynsong argued, adding that people will vote for development, and the ruling party can assure them that.
Tynsong also stated that the statement of the MPCC chief terming MDA to be “divided house” was baseless and devoid of sound knowledge. The Deputy CM maintained that candidates belonging to any party, be it NDA, UPA, or MDA have all freedom to contest elections separately under the laws of the constitution.
Tynsong also said that the recent appeal made by the banned outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) to people not to vote for the National People’s Party (NPP) in the upcoming bye-polls will not affect the party.
Terming the appeal as a “personal” view of the proscribed outfit, Tynsong said, “Maybe HNLC does not like NPP, I think that is their view; that is their wish.”
“It’s the constitutional right of every voter in the state to decide which party they want to vote for. They have that liberty to decide. So, it is purely upon their wisdom,” he added.
Tynsong also brushed off Pala’s allegation that there is a “clash of interest” between the ministers and the HNLC, saying his and the party’s focus is only on development and nothing else. “The common agenda of the MDA government is to make sure developmental activities reach the last mile of Meghalaya,” he said.
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