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Shillong, Feb 3: Disappointed with the denial of the State Government to conduct an independent probe into alleged illegal mining in the state, Leader of Opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma said he will seek Prime Minister’s intervention into the matter.

Talking to reporters after chairing the Congress Legislature Party meeting in Shillong, Leader of opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma said, “If the State Government fails to conduct an independent inquiry now then I will ask the Prime Minister to conduct an independent inquiry. I am sure he (Prime Minister) will do it.”

Stating that illegalities are not confined within the boundaries of Meghalaya, Dr Sangma said “The illegal activities taking place at the border areas require the government of India to intervene,” he added.

Citing an example of a Bengali Daily published from Bangladesh, he said, it mentioned that Bangladesh is at a loss due to this illegality taking place across the border regarding the export of coal, limestone and other minerals.

He further asserted that the incumbent government is trying to promote a culture of corruption.

“Meghalaya has always fought against corruption. It is a matter of concern that they are encouraging people to engage in illegal mining,” he said.

Even as he pointed out, if an independent inquiry is carried out, there will be enough evidence to expose illegalities as Congress is ready to place these evidence before the authorities concerned.

Targeting the state Government on the issue of NGT ban on coal mining, Dr. Sangma said, “They had lied to the people of the state by promising that they will lift the ban of NGT on coal mining in the State. However, that is not the case

The leader of opposition further accused the state Government for trying to cripple the Lokayukta by failing to constitute a search committee for the appointment of other members.

“The Lokayukta is still functioning within only the chairman, and the other two members are yet to be appointed. But this government does not want any whistleblowers,” he added.

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