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Former Meghalaya chief minister and Opposition leader Mukul Sangma. File photo: Northeast Now

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said that the remark of Rajnath Singh on lawlessness in the State was ‘unbecoming’ and ‘most irresponsible’.

Singh at an election rally in Songsak on Monday had said that there is chaos and failure of law and order in Meghalaya, while commenting on the IED blast that killed NCP candidate of Williamnagar constituency, Jonathone N. Sangma, and three others at Samanda in East Garo Hills.

“It is the most irresponsible comment of a Home Minister of a nation. Has he forgotten his own responsibility?” questioned the Chief Minister.

“He (Singh) is in a difficult terrain. Our proposal to strengthen police stations which was approved by the UPA-II Government had been withheld by the BJP government at the Centre,” Mukul Sangma alleged, while expressing his anger on Singh’s statement.

Mukul Sangma further said that though BJP had not paid much interest on the proposal of Meghalaya for improving police infrastructure, effort by the State Government led to the formation of Special Force – 10, wherein over 1700 personnel were recruited to tackle insurgency and law and order in the State.

Terming that Meghalaya government has never compromised on tackling insurgency and restoring peace, Mukul Sangma questioned on the porous India – Bangladesh border, through which sophisticated arms, IEDs come to Indian side.

“In Nagaland arms are available freely. The international border is porous and the Union Minister is playing politics,” Mukul added.

Mukul said that the Union Minister is threatening the people to vote for the BJP. “We are not beggars. Even without Centre’s assistance we have launched health insurance scheme of Rs 2.5 lakh in Meghalaya”, he said, while reacting on Singh’s comment that if BJP was not voted to power, five lakhs health insurance schemes, which was recently rolled will find difficulty in its implementation.

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