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Tura violence politically motivated, political mafia taking shape in state: Ampareen

Speaking to media persons on July 27, Lyngdoh said that the attack in Tura on July 24 that saw the display of anger is unacceptable and called upon the people to put an end to the political mafia claiming that it disrupts an otherwise peaceful state of Meghalaya.

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Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) spokesperson Ampareen Lyngdoh expressed disappointment that the July 24 mayhem was politically motivated even as she said that political mafia has started to take shape in the state.

Speaking to media persons on July 27, Lyngdoh said that the attack in Tura on July 24 that saw the display of anger is unacceptable and called upon the people to put an end to the political mafia claiming that it disrupts an otherwise peaceful state of Meghalaya.

“The attack on the police force is one is one part of that attack. Then the attack on the honourable chief minister is another very big concern and I feel that after reading the preliminary reports of the police, and establishing the fact that the display of anger and the anguish that we saw that day was linked to politics is something which is very disappointing to me.”

She observed that the political mafia of some of the parties, which operate in other parts of the state is now slowly entering Meghalaya politics which according to her is a dangerous trend.

“The people of the state of Meghalaya must say no to this intrusive application of political patronage, which is now becoming a dangerous trend. I condemn that action and I am very, very happy and satisfied to see that the police are quickly nabbing all the culprits,” she said.

She added that she is privy to information referring to a political party which is denying its involvement directly in the display of anger by certain quarters of citizens.

“But the fact of the matter is that when we have seen video clippings of instigated messages and instigated speeches of certain individuals belonging to certain political parties, we are left with no other alternative but to believe that it is a political mafia that is taking shape in the state of Meghalaya and we must at all costs disallow this political mafia because it is unhealthy for the cordial co-existence of political parties in the state of Meghalaya for 51 odd years,” Lyngdoh said.

She added that there is a sudden rise of animosity between political parties, which is percolating to the cadres who in turn create confusion in political spheres.

“I condemn this and we should make sure that as a state, we must maintain cordial relationships between political parties. We may be having separate roles. We need to co-exists and we cannot allow this and we must take stringent action as per law against people who are misusing political forums and creating hatred in the communities,” she added.

Stating that inputs gathered indicated that it was a politically motivated display of unruliness, and anger, she said, “You may deny as a political party, but facts have to be taken into consideration while deciding as to whether or not it was a pre-plan and a motivated attempt to harm the head of the state. You will be given your opportunity to deny but the fact of the matter is that all of the investigations this far are indicative of the inclusion of certain cadres of certain political parties in that unruly behavior, pelting of stone at attempting to harm the head of state. These are all very serious, serious matters which cannot be ignored.”

On the demand of the Trinamool Congress to remove the Director General of Police and Superintendent of West Garo Hills, Lyngdoh said that law should be the guiding factor.

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