BJP slams Congress` `musical chair politics` in Meghalaya

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma battles revolt from Congress colleagues.

Updated: Apr 29, 2011, 21:19 PM IST

Shillong: As Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma battles revolt from Congress colleagues, the BJP on Friday accused the party of `selfishness` and said that its `musical chair politics` is harming the state.

"The musical chair politics in Meghalaya is harming the development potential of the state. The Congress has betrayed the people by not providing political stability," BJP national spokesman Prakash Javadekar told reporters here.

He said the instability was not caused by the opposition, but by the Congress itself and was hurting the interest of Meghalaya.

Mukul Sangma, whose government has just completed one year in office, is battling dissidence from 18 legislators, including six cabinet ministers who are unhappy over his `autocratic` way of functioning.

The disgruntled MLAs, including Sangma`s predecessor DD Lapang, moved the AICC seeking a change in leadership. They are projecting Lapang as their leader, a year after he was toppled by a revolt.

Sangma`s is the 22nd government the state has seen in its 38-year statehood marked by frequent political turbulence. Describing the Congress as politically opportunistic,
Javadekar said, "For the BJP nation comes first, then party and then self, but for the Congress it is just the opposite."

Alleging that the Congress was on a looting spree in the North East, the BJP spokesman claimed that a non-Congress government would be formed in Assam this time which will be the beginning of the end for the Congress in the region.

Javadekar was here as a part of a tour of the Parliamentary Committee on Undertakings.