The Shillong city unit of the National People’s Party (NPP) has said that the Trinamool Congress’s WE Card Scheme and MYE scheme promising financial assistance to women and youth of Meghalaya would cost Rs 2,000 crore to the exchequer.
“This is about 50 per cent of the state’s expenditure, which will lead to severe crunch in development work, food grain distribution and salary payment of government officers,” NPP Shillong city working president Manroi Bha Kharpuri said.
Kharpuri also said that such dole distribution would lead to a never-seen cash crunch.
“The only option for the government would be to stop pensions and salary payments,” he said.
On the claim made by TMC chairperson Mamata Banerjee that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government has not given its report card on what they did in the last five years, Kharpuri said that she was not briefed that the NPP has already published a detailed report card.
“It is quite obvious that she is not aware of the real issues that the state faces and wants to bring WB schemes and practices to Meghalaya,” the NPP Shillong city working president said.
On the claim made by TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee that the NPP will not be able to win a single assembly seat from Garo Hills region, Kharpuri said that such a bold statement seems to be directed towards motivating TMC workers only.
The NPP Shillong city working president said that it would be apt to mention that his MBA degree has been challenged by multiple political opposition leaders, which seems to be from a non-recognised, scam-ridden institute.
Kharpuri also said that as per claims of TMC, people of Meghalaya would lead the state which apparently boils down to Mukul Sangma and his team.
“But these are the same set of people who had been there in the driving seat for more than eight years before the MDA government took over. A transformative change through I-PAC can only be theoretical but not implementable,” he said.
The NPP Shillong city also said that Mukul Sangma during his brief speech on January 18 played TMC Bengal’s anti-BJP agenda card but forgot that his actual opposition is NPP.
“His example of TMC’s win over BJP in Bengal, also resonated his party supremo’s anti-Modi drive but lacked conviction on the issue that would impact Meghalaya,” Kharpuri added.