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Govt cannot decide what people eat in a democracy : NCP

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

today slammed the Centre's notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter and said the cannot decide on what people eat in a democracy.

"This is a democracy. You (Centre) cannot decide what people eat," national secretary Verma told reporters here.

"We are going to the people (in poll-bound NE states) and are appeal to them to give us the mandate," he said.

The leader, who was here to revamp party activities ahead of the 2018 assembly elections, also questioned the promises made by Prime Minister Modi on and jobs.

"Where is the There is in essential commodities and the has failed to provide one crore employment every year. There is farmers' crisis everywhere," he said.

Stating that during the tenure of NCP chief as agriculture minister at the Centre farm loans of Rs 68,000 crore were waived, Verma said as aviation Minister had also contributed a lot by improving connectivity and common man could travel in airlines.

"Farmers demand is waiving off of loans and a good price for their produce. But that is not happening and there are agitations and suicides," he said.

The NCP leader also lambasted the ruling Congress in Meghalaya for failing the people of the state.

"The Meghalaya could have performed better but they have not. Governance and development has not happened. People are disappointed and are looking for alternatives," Verma said.

NCP is supporting the ruling Congress in Meghalaya though its state president Sanbor Shullai was shunted out of the deputy speaker's post last year.

Verma, who is in charge of the north east, said the party would contest in all the 60 seats in the 2018 assembly scheduled for early next year.

The NCP leader said the party's state level convention will be held in the first week of July which will be addressed Pawar and Patel. "We want to give a good government here. In the coming months, the NCP will gear up and there is good response from the people."

The NCP has two MLAs in the house of 60. An independent MLA Saleng A Sangma, who was formerly in the Congress has indicated that he would join the party soon.

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 19:57 IST