Conrad & James deny nexus with coal baron

Shillong, May 27:After a video resurfaced on the arrest of Balvant Soni ( Bhama), a coal baron who has connections in Meghalaya, both the chief minister Conrad Sangma and his brother and cabinet minister James Sangma denied any nexus.

When asked by reporters on Friday, James ruled out any alliance with the coal merchants.

He said the timing of the media report has something to do with the upcoming Assembly polls.

Later, speaking to reporters, Conrad assured action against any illegal coal trade .

The chief minister maintained that the government has ensured that paperworks and documentations are in place for all kinds of movements of trucks.

Commenting on the allegation that the person arrested in Assam was very close to cabinet minister James Sangma and the chief minister, Conrad  said the Assam government has not communicated anything to the state government in this regard.

“These allegations which could just come out and it is really something I cannot respond to without seeing the facts. As I said, the government of Assam has also not communicated anything to us in that aspect and more importantly we have always maintained that every movement or anything that moves forward we ensure that all paper works are in place,” he said.

“There could be allegations there could be people who would make statements but that’s the nature of things that people will make statements and if there are any concerns then definitely we will look into those matters, ” he added.

To a question whether inquiry will be set up, Sangma said, “Based on allegations coming in if you have to probe everything in every aspect there has to be some basis for the probe to be done, so as I said we are looking into all aspects we are ensuring that whenever information comes to us we take necessary action, we ask the police department and administration to take necessary actions so this is a continuous process that we are doing and we will continue to do that

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