Shillong, Aug 31: Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said he will continue to hold the post since the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma is still examining his resignation letter.
On August 15, Rymbui had offered to resign expressing anguish over the killing of ex-HNLC leader Cherishstarfield Thangkhiew but claimed that the chief minister has not accepted his resignation.
His response is after the UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh claimed that Rymbui was no longer the home minister of the state.
To a question, Rymbui told reporters on Tuesday that he is still the home minister so long as the chief minister is yet to accept his letter.
“It is the prerogative of the chief minister to entrust any portfolio to his council of ministers. So I have expressed my desire and the chief minister till date has not taken any decision as the matter is under examination. The CM is still examining my letter so I still continue to look after the department,” he said.
Extortion charge deplored
Rymbui has denied UDP politicising any department.
The home minister said he is sorry to hear about the allegations made by the MPCC president, Vincent Pala that the party is using home department for extortion along the national highways of the state.
“The UDP will never politicise any department or anything for the benefit of our party or individual and the officers should act according to the law and within the preamble of the law,” he said.
Rymbui termed the allegation as frustration of the Congress since the party is out of power and that it cannot live without power.
“This is sheer frustration,” he asserted.
Rymbui alleged that there is rumbling within the opposition party and added that the resentment will grow further.
Pala had slammed the UDP leader for surrendering the department in the midst of a problem. He had said he doesn’t know who the home minister is, whether the chief minister or Lahkmen Rymbui.