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Fri, 20 Oct 2017

Northeast Today

Alphons Visit Tura to Gear up for 2018 Polls

Alphons Visit Tura to Gear up for 2018 Polls
October 12
12:39 2017

NET Bureau, Saidul Khan

In an effort to set its ball rolling for the upcoming 2018 election in Meghalaya, the newly inducted Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons, accompanied by national spokesperson Nalin Kohli, visited Tura on Wednesday.

During his maiden visit, he met the members of different church and also had meeting with party workers to gear up for the upcoming election.

Holding a press conference, the tourism minister castigated Mukul Sangma’s government for not being able to deliver in development front. He termed Mukul’s government as an “enemy of the people”, where poor road communication beyond Tura is affecting the socio-economic condition of the people.

“This government is an enemy of the people because had it done its job would Garo hills still have wooden bridges and bad roads and would the youth still need to migrate to other states in search of jobs? This is a disastrous government,” he said.

He nailed Mukul by blaming him for not being able to successful implement the central schemes in Garo hills. “The government has failed to even implement the 5th pay commission, which shows that the state is unable to pay salaries to its own employees”, he added.

He expressed confidence that tourism potential were immense in Garo hills and effort to boost amenities and branding building would pull tourist this part of the region. He said that the ministry would be instructed to make Meghalaya and Garo hills a tourist hub.

Upbeat on the upcoming state election, the minister hoped that the BJP with is “development” mantra would be able to reach out to the electorates of the state.

Alphons called on Bishop of Tura Rev Andrew R. Marak and also met the leaders of Garo Baptist Convention and the Church of North India at circuit house here.

Interacting with media Alphons said that the church leaders had raised concern on certain issues affecting the Christian community, which was explained to them. He said that church members were apprehensive with “misinformation” campaign on social media, which were clarified to them.

“When the BJP was going to come to power in 2014 there were apprehensions that churches would be burnt and Christians would be beaten to death. There has not been one instance where a church was burnt or Christians attacked anywhere in the country after Narendra Modi came to power,” said Alphons.

Alphons emphasised that he was a practicing Christian and despite not being an MP, he was given a berth in the union cabinet.

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