Guwahati: Amidst tension brewing between Assam and Meghalaya over the firing incident of Mukroh village bordering Meghalaya’s West Jaintia Hills and Assam’s West Karbi Anglong districts which claimed six lives on Tuesday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to visit Meghalaya from December 12-14.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief’s visit seemed to be a highly strategic move as the party has been eyeing to garner support in the state in the forthcoming Meghalaya elections to be held next year. Last month also, TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee too visited Meghalaya to inaugurate a party office at Garo Hills on November 17.
Both Mamata and Abhishek have been highly vocal about the firing incident in Meghalaya. On Wednesday, the West Bengal chief minister tweeted: “I am gravely anguished by the tragic instance of firing at Mukroh, Meghalaya that claimed lives of 6 people. I express my heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this conflict. I earnestly pray that peace and calm prevail for the greater good.”
Before her, Abhishek Banerjee targeted the Meghalaya government over violence on the Assam border. He on Tuesday alleged that the incident showed the failure of the Meghalaya government.
He tweeted, “For how long will CM @SangmaConrad allow @himantabiswa to take Meghalaya for granted? For how long should Meghalayans live in fear and insecurity? For how long will this injustice go on?”
He stated that the incident exposed the ineptitude of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government in which was led by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party (NPP) in alliance with BJP and others.
Already, senior TMC leader and former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma visited the survivors of the Mukroh firing incident at the Jowai Civil Hospital and the kin of the deceased, assuring them of full support.
Earlier, the leader of the opposition parties and TMC leader Mukul Sangma said the MDA government has completely failed the people of the state and has no unique scheme which does not root in the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Promotion (IBDLP).
He said, “During my time in the government, to ensure that each family has at least three income resources, we introduced the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Promotion project. The FOCUS scheme is a part of the very same Basin Development scheme. The MDA initially demonised the IBDLP scheme, however, to this date the MDA has no unique scheme which does not root from the IBDLP.”
The TMC became the main opposition party in the Meghalaya Assembly in November last year after 12 of the 17 Congress MLAs in the state switched over to the Mamata Banerjee-led party.
Following the victory in the 2021 assembly polls in West Bengal, TMC has been working to expand its base in Goa, Haryana, Tripura, and Meghalaya. The party had earlier contested assembly polls in Goa and civic elections in Tripura too.