The frequent visit of Union Ministers to Northeastern States is a well known fact. However, often this has rubbed the Congress leaders of the region in the wrong way. Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had earlier questioned the fruitfulness of the frequent visit by the NDA Ministers. Now, the ruling Congress party in Meghalaya today said it will ‘investigate’ into the ‘motives’ behind the frequent visits to the State by the ministers of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.
‘We will analyse, assess and investigate into their intent and come up (with the results) at the right time and tell you,’ Chief Minister Mukul Sangma told reporters in reply to a query whether the visits of the Union ministers were also linked to wooing voters.
‘Are they paying from their own pockets? The fact is that the expenses are borne by the public exchequer. If they come, they must do justice to why they are coming here,’ he said.
Sangma cited an example of how a Union Minister had recently failed to grant an audience to a delegation while visiting the state.
‘They (Union ministers) did not have time. Why did they come in the first instance? You find out which Union Minister I am referring to,’ Sangma said.