Shillong, March 04: NPP Vice President, Prestone Tynsong, has urged the people of Meghalaya to respect the decision taken by the Hill State People’s Democratic Party’s (HSPDP) representatives.
HSPDP MLAs Methodius Dkhar and Shakliar Warjri have given their letter of support to Conrad-led NPP to form the new government, which also includes BJP and two Independent MLAs.
Tynsong has appealed to the people to remain calm and refrain from indulging in any kind of violence or disruptive activities. He emphasised that the HSPDP’s decision should be respected, and that all parties whether they sit in the ruling or opposition, they should work towards bringing good for the whole State.
Moreover, he labelled two pressure groups – HITO and HYC – as the “Political wing” of some political parties.
It may be mentioned that the two pressure groups have been canvassing against the NPP party all over the Khasi-Jaiñtia Hills region.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Tynsong said that the NPP has received the mandate of the people with a total strength of 26 elected representatives in the State.
“We are the single largest, NPP has got 26. So why don’t you respect the decision taken by the elected representatives of the party because we already elected Conrad Sangma to be the Chief Minister to again become the Chief Minister for the next five years,” stressed Tynsong.
On the other parties demanding a regional party led govt with a khasi or Jaintia Chief Minister, Tynsong said if the regional parties wanted a Khasi Chief Minister, then they should make one regional party that can get a bigger mandate from the people. He said currently parties have got just 2 MLAs or 4 or 5 MLAs and then they want to become Chief Minister.
“So it seems these people got mad on that but my clarification on this is if you want that (Khasi CM) why not you come with only one party. Let one party set up the candidates, this side (Khasi-Jaiñtia Hills) you have 36, you may win 32 then you claim and form the government, that is very clear,” he reasoned.
Taking a dig at the two pressure groups, Tynsong said, “How can you just forcefully bring in 4-5 MLAs from one party and 4-5 from another party and forcefully ask them to form the government just because we want the Chief Minister from Khasi, that is totally wrong.”
“Certain conditions are there where we need to respect and we need to follow because without that I think democracy is gone. Therefore my appeal to all the citizens of the State (is that), don’t listen to these kinds of misleading activities done by a few groups of people to disturb the peace and tranquillity that we have in Shillong city as well as in the State as a whole,” he added.
The two pressure groups also organised a rally at Motphran on Saturday to strengthen their demand for a Khasi Chief Minister.
The NPP leader expressed his confidence in the leadership of Conrad K. Sangma and his ability to navigate through crisis in the state. He assured the people that the government is taking all necessary steps to ensure that no chaos occurs and the swearing-in ceremony takes place with peace and lawfulness.