Mukul displays picture of drug ‘kingpin’ with CM, Conrad bins claim

  • | Friday | 22nd September, 2023

Shillong: Former Meghalaya CM and Trinamool Congress legislator Dr Mukul Sangma on Tuesday brought to the notice of the assembly a photograph of CM Conrad Sangma and his wife with Henry Lalremsanga, an alleged kingpin involved in smuggling of drugs in Mizoram and the rest of the northeast.This elicited a strong denial from Conrad who termed the allegation the most ridiculous way of proving anything.It is sad that a person of his level brought in a photograph and just jumped to a conclusion. Connecting people based on a photograph of two people being clicked together I think in todays world, it is the most ridiculous way of proving anything. So I have no comment to say about that, the chief minister said.I meet and I sit and I click pictures with millions of people. Even while walking in the street, somebody will stop me, I never say no, because we are public figures, he added. I think connecting two individuals activities based on a photograph is the most illogical conclusion that anybody can jump to. It has to be based on evidence and on proof of what activities were taking place, he iterated.Taking part in the discussion on a motion regarding the menace of drugs and substance abuse in the state, Mukul quoted a media report of April 2013 about the arrest of Henry, hailing from Mizoram in connection with the seizure of pseudoephedrine tablets valued at Rs 6 crore allegedly from the son of a former Congress MLA.We also published the following articles recentlyAssam CM Sarma discusses border dispute with his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad SangmaAssam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma met in Shillong to discuss the Assam-Meghalaya border dispute. They also inaugurated the Karbi Hemtun guest house, which can accommodate more than 50 people. Both chief ministers expressed optimism about resolving the dispute and mentioned plans for a formal meeting and visiting the border areas after implementing confidence-building measures. Assam and Meghalaya have already resolved six out of twelve sectors of the border dispute. A historic agreement was signed last year in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah.Meghalaya can be fruit wine capital of India: ConradMeghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma aims to make Meghalaya the fruit wine capital of India. He launched the North East Wine Incubation Centre in Shillong, which will support local fruit winemakers and promote the industry. Sangma highlighted the potential of the fruit wine industry in Meghalaya and emphasized the importance of a comprehensive framework to support winemakers, benefit farmers and entrepreneurs, and boost tourism and job creation. The wine incubation centre will provide a platform for innovation and economic growth in the region.Examining Centres reply on MRSSA, says ConradThe chief minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma, has stated that the state government has received a reply from the Central government regarding the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA). The original MRSSA was amended in 2019 to require visitors to register at entry points to the state. The matter of implementing the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system is still pending with the Central government. The chief minister also discussed the issue of introducing railways into the Khasi and Jaintia Hills regions, stating that there is no plan to close or force the project.

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