Shillong: Deputy Chief Minister, Preston Tynsong criticized the opposition Congress for blaming the government for not being able to control the rise in fuel prices. In the election meeting, the Deputy Chief Minister compared the tax rate imposed by the Meghalaya government to that of Assam. He told the gathering that at present, 32.66 percent tax is being levied on petrol and 23.66 percent on diesel in Assam.
The Deputy Chief Minister also said that in comparison, Meghalaya is levying 20 percent tax on one liter of petrol and 12 percent on one liter of diesel. He also alleged that the opposition Congress has no agenda to go to the by-polls. "Their only agenda is to accuse us that we are corrupt," the deputy chief minister said. Tynsong also said that in recent months the Congress had approached the NPP to form the government together.
He said that the Leader of the Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma tried to persuade the NPP leaders for a coalition to form the government. Tynsong said, "His relationship with me is strained, but in recent months he has lured me by telling me to forgive me brother. I told him thank you Dr. Mukul. You have let down the citizens of the state." He further told the gathering that he was in Congress since 2003 and had been a minister till the day he was removed by Dr. Sangma in 2017.