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It is official: VPP refuses to be part of roster committee

Speaking to reporters, party legislator from Mawlai Brightstar Marbaniang said that the government, despite knowing the mind of the VPP had gone ahead and included Basaiawmoit in the committee.

SHILLONG:

Opposition Voice of the People Party (VPP) handed over a letter expressing party chief and Nongkrem legislator Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit’s unwillingness to be part of the Committee on Reservation Roster, on Monday.

The letter was handed over to the chairperson of the committee and cabinet minister, Ampareen Lyngdoh

 “…I refuse to be a member of your committee. The Voice of the People Party is of the firm view that there should be a review of the job reservation policy before any discussion on the roster system is made. When the reservation policy is seriously flawed and unfair, discussion and implementation of the roster on its basis are bound to be a flawed one,” Basaiawmoit said in the letter.

The VPP chief has been fasting for the past seven days to pressurize the state government to immediately review the 1972 job reservation policy.

Speaking to reporters, party legislator from Mawlai Brightstar Marbaniang said that the government, despite knowing the mind of the VPP had gone ahead and included Basaiawmoit in the committee.

“But we have handed over the letter today expressing that we don’t want to be part of the committee on the basis of our stand that we won’t discuss the roster system without discussing or reviewing the reservation policy,” he said.

He further informed that there has been no official communication from the government so far.

Basaiawmoit has maintained that he would not leave the protest venue till the government agrees to the demand of the VPP for reviewing the “outdated” job policy.

On the deputy chief minister Sniawbhalang Dhar’s statement that even other opposition parties are not supporting the VPP’s demand, Marbaniang said it does not matter whether the other political parties support the VPP or not but “the party has pledged before the people that we are going to fight even though others don’t support us”.

According to him, the VPP has a clear ideology and a clear manifesto.

He further stated that the VPP was forced to take the issue to the street.

“In fact just to remind you regarding the budget session, we have tried to bring this issue to be discussed in the House but then it seems that the government is quite reluctant to discuss this issue and after the budget session, we have sent a letter to the government as well as the Speaker asking for a special session with regards to this reservation policy. Even after sending the letter, the government is silent so therefore, we are left with no option but to go to the people to educate them through different programmes and finally, we have to take this step,” he added.

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