Question Legislators before voting, asks Meghalaya-based NGO

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Nongpoh, Meghalaya, Feb 2 (UNI) A Meghalaya-based NGO today asked the electorate to question every candidate before exercising their franchise to elect their representative to Legislative Assembly.

'' The people must question their legislators to bring in an election of hope for a step to a change, '' FKJGP president Emlang Lyttan said while launching the first ever anti-government campaign from Chief Minister D D Lapang's Nongpoh constituency.

The campaign assumed significance in view of the state government gearing up for the Assembly polls scheduled on March 3.

The campaign, to be held in all the district headquarters of the state, was aimed at highlighting the ''corrupt'' activities of the ruling Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government.

The outgoing MDA government was supported by four regional parties - the United Democratic Party, Meghalaya Democratic Party, Hills State People's Democratic Party, Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement besides Independent MLAs.

''Since the people have the right to vote, they should as well have the right to question,'' the FKJGP chief said.

On the controversial roping in of private entrepreneurs to develop six power projects, Mr Lyttan claimed that the power deal with private companies was done to 'fill in the thin pockets of vested interests which wanted to sell out the state.

Lambasting the political leaders for their hollow promises, the FKJGP said for the past 35 years, legislators had made promises for social and economic uplift of the people, but these same legislators had broken their promises.

''The Union government has pumped money for development of the state. Where is the money and development now? '' he asked.

On the alleged nexus between ''politician and counterfeit notes dealers'', the Federation urged the people to be cautious and not to accept money unknowingly.

Meanwhile, the next anti-government campaign would be held at Motphran in Shillong and Nongstoin in the West Khasi Hills soon.

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