Marak boon for Mukul-led coalition

By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: The comeback of former Chief Minister SC Marak has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the Dr Mukul Sangma-led coalition Government in the State.

Known as a clean politician, Marak may act as a deterrent to any so-called wrong initiatives of the new Government.

Speaking to The Shillong Times, Marak assured that he would provide a check and balance in governance as far as maintaining transparency and accountability is concerned.

Marak, who is ever remembered for providing a stable Government under a coalition from 1993 to 1998, a record of sorts as none of the coalition governments since 1972 lasted for a full five-year term, is back after 10 years of ‘sabbatical’. That DD Lapang was defeated in the 1993 elections had worked to the advantage of Marak then.

In the past, Dr Mukul Sangma, who was made Chief Minister in 2010 after Lapang loyalists supported him as the next leader, has been blamed by his own colleagues in Government for not consulting them while taking major decisions resulting in the same legislators expressing

displeasure over his style of functioning.
However, in the changed scenario after the just concluded Assembly elections, Mukul has no other choice than to consult seniors before taking any major decisions.
Moreover, the critique of Mukul, working president of MPCC Deborah Marak, is also back at the helm of affairs after her win from Williamnagar. She was defeated in 2008 elections.
Marak said that have been many changes in politics during his absence in the last two terms.
According to him, various initiatives of the political leaders, who ruled the State for the last 10 years, have helped to bring development only to an extent.
“There are still areas of improvement and the need of the hour is to provide a transparent, clean and accountable governance to achieve the target of proper development”, he added.

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