Notwithstanding the pressure from the opposition political parties, the state government will take its own time to decide on the sensitive reservation policy issue and implementation of the roster system in the state, cabinet minister and MDA government spokesperson Ampareen Lyngdoh said on Monday.
“This is a matter which is very, very sensitive. We must tread very cautiously. It is fine if the members of the opposition put pressure on us but we will take our time in deciding how to take this forward,” Lyngdoh told reporters.
Her statement comes in the wake of the Voice of the People Party (VPP) announcing its first phase of agitation on May 17 with a sit-in.
When asked, the minister, however, said she could not speak on behalf of the government, but at an individual level, she believed the MDA-2 is discussing with the coalition partners before taking up the matter with political parties, NGOs, and student organisations.
She said that the chief minister was expected to return to the state latest by May 17 and the matter would be taken up.
“It is not that we are dodging discussion over the issue,” she added.
She said the government would take suggestions from everyone and will take up anything that is positive and constructive.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had recently assured that the government would start the process of consultation with stakeholders in regard to the reservation policy and the roster system after May 15.