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It’s a family matter and will be solved within: AL Hek on contesting against nephew Rocky

I am told by my family and our clan not to speak anything about it, said the BJP legislator while inspecting the ISBT at Mawlai Mawiong


For Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former cabinet minister Alexander Laloo Hek, elections are family matters and any feud emerging out of it needs to be resolved within the family.

Refraining for commenting on his nephew and former general secretary of the BJP Shillong city, Rocky Hek contesting against him on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket from the Pynthorumkhrah seat in the 2023 assembly election. AL Hek said, “This is a family matter. I don’t want to say anything. I am told by my family and our clan not to speak anything about it.”

The sitting BJP legislator, who, on May 19, visited the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Mawlai Mawiong to take stock of the situation after the Rs 48-crore project showed signs of wear and tear after two days of incessant rains in the state, also assured that the issue of his nephew contesting against him will be resolved within the family.

Earlier on May 13, Rocky had tendered his resignation from the post of general secretary of the BJP Shillong city district, saying that “BJP leaders are not reliable”.

“I have tendered my resignation because the BJP leaders of our state are not reliable. I have been working tirelessly for the party since 2018-19 but didn’t receive the recognition I deserve; it really hurts,” he had said.

Notably, Rocky had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 MDC elections from North Shillong.

Earlier during the day, Hek, while inspecting of the ISBT following allegations of shoddy construction of the terminus, informed that he will take up the matter with the Centre and the North Eastern Council (NEC), the funding authority of this project.

Speaking about the appalling work at the ISBT and probe demanded by some into the substandard quality of work, the legislator said that according to his observation the facts are to be ascertained before delving into the charges of corruption.

He further said that it is the responsibility of the government to monitor all public work as the safety of the people is the primary concern, and the matter will be discussed in a meeting, after which all necessary actions will be taken.

Deliberating further on the observation, he said that the Deputy General Manager showed him and his team the leakages and the cracks at the facility, which is a matter of great concern, He also added that the central scheme monitoring committee will monitor implementation of all such schemes and check if the funds received under them are properly utilised in the state.

“Be it the central or state government schemes, they have to be fully utilised as failure to do that will show the state in bad light,” he said.

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