Meghalaya: Congress MLA slams govt over stand off with taxi drivers



Senior Congress leader Ampareen Lyngdoh, on Monday, slammed the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) Government over its “failure” to end the standoff with the Meghalaya Joint Action Committee of Commercial Vehicles (MJACCV), who are protesting against the fuel price rise in the state.

“I have not seen such a government who is reluctant to invite the agitating groups for talks. The attitude of the incumbent government would further deteriorate the law and order situation,” Lyngdoh said.

She said that the people of the State have seen enough of bandh and agitations in the past.

“It is unfortunate that Shillong city once again experiences this kind of disruption of life. I feel there is merit in calling this road blockade. The increase of the cumulative taxes on petroleum will affect not just commercial vehicles but even private vehicles as well,” the senior Congress legislator said.

Pointing out that Assam has reduced the price of fuel by ₹ 5, she said that the question raised by the public on the need for Meghalaya to adopt a similar stand like Assam is valid.

It may be mentioned that the Congress MLA from East Shillong had walked on foot to attend the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) to express her solidarity to the MJACCV and the public at large.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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