Deputy Chief Minister and national vice-president of the National People’s Party (NPP) Prestone Tynsong on September 24 slammed general secretary of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Saket Gokhale, for challenging him to a face-to-face debate.
When asked about it, Tynsong said “Who is this man, where is his home, is it in Meghalaya…what does he know about Meghalaya, and it is so illogical and I am not happy with it.”
He said that had Gokhale written to the NPP for a debate it could have been a different matter, but writing to him as the Deputy Chief Minister was “childish” and not an acceptable action.
“We from the government will not entertain such persons because he should have approached in a different manner,” Tynsong said.
He said that Gokhale was the general secretary of the TMC and had he addressed him as the national vice-president of the NPP things would have been different.
“I am the Deputy Chief Minister of the state and I don’t know who this man is,” the NPP national vice-president said.
Tynsong said that he represents the state and the government and therefore he does not recognise the TMC general secretary.
“But on political issues if he had addressed the national president, the national vice president or the state president of the NPP it would be different. But as of now I won’t accept and I don’t feel the need (to respond) since I do not know this man and also he is not from Meghalaya to interfere in what we are doing for the state,” Tynsong said.
Last week, Gokhale had challenged Tynsong to a face-to-face debate pertaining to matters of Shillong Smart City Ltd., and the collapse of the Meghalaya Assembly dome and the anomalies in the contract process.
In a letter to the Deputy Chief Minister, Gokhale had said, “I suggest that we together do a discussion/debate in the presence of the media in Shillong on the issues of misgovernance that I and the TMC have raised. Any date in the 1st week of October at your convenience is suitable for me. I eagerly hope you will accept my offer and await your response.”