Former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma

Meghalaya leader of opposition, Mukul Sangma, on March 4 accused the National People’s Party (NPP)-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government of trying to weaken the opposition by inducing its members with development packages to ensure they remain in power in 2023.

“There was a desperate attempt by the government to see that there is no opposition in the house. Is it healthy for democracy? Do you like to subscribe to this kind of attitude of any political party (as) poaching comes with many things? This is a reflection of their desperation to see that the opposition is weakened,” Mukul Sangma told reporters.

“This is also because of the desperation of the people in power and who are in the government to be able to remain in power post 2023 elections,” he further alleged.

The All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) leader also cited the recent joining of the five suspended Congress legislators with the MDA government.

“You have seen the 5 members belonging to the Indian National Congress how they have been poached. The healthy procedure would have been to have an engagement with the political party leadership, a healthy engagement, discussion, deliberation at the party level but they have selectively targeted the elected representatives by using all kinds of inducement,” he said.

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The former Meghalaya chief minister further asked if one has seen this kind of situation in the past where an MLA is lured and induced by giving a package of development and convinced to even give up his membership in the beginning of this term in 2018.

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