Shillong, Dec 1: The Meghalaya Trinamool Congress on Thursday kicked off ‘Townhall with Dr Mukul’, a conversation with the women of Shillong.
The programme aims at “building a connection” between the leader TMC and women residents by understanding their problems and demands from public representatives.
“As a party honouring the state’s matrilineal heritage, Meghalaya TMC deems it absolutely necessary to listen closely to women and their concerns,” said a media statement by the party.
On women’s participation in politics, Sangma asserted that their role in the process of democracy is crucial. Citing the example of West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, he said, “She has proven that women can defeat formidable opponents.”
On a query about the Mukroh killings, it could have been avoided as it was “an act perpetrated by the government authorities”.
Criticising the state government’s move to ban the internet as an aftermath of the border village violence by calling it a bankruptcy of ideas, Sangma said, “The government gave a knee-jerk reaction by shutting down the internet. During my tenure, not even on a single occasion did we shut down the internet in the name of restoring order, peace and law.”