"Law must be allowed to take its own course and this is the assurance I want to give on behalf of my government," the Chief Minister said replying to a motion moved by National People's Party (NPP) legislator James K Sangma on the alleged criminalisation of politics in the state.
"We need to ensure that a strong message is sent. Any instance of any allegation or any substantive evidence, no one will be spared," he said, possibly referring to the police charge sheeting Social Welfare Minister Deborah C Marak earlier this month for her alleged use of militants to influence voters prior to the Assembly elections last year in her constituency in East Garo Hills district.

Pleading the House not to 'doubt' the seriousness of his government in tackling militancy, Mukul said, "I reassure that we are raising Special Forces-10 to tackle militancy despite the constraint in our resources."

"We have also taken up the matter of porosity of the (Indo-Bangladesh) border with the Centre (along with all other northeastern states)," Mukul said, adding that the porous border is the 'key' to stop the "overall tendency of criminalisation of politics".

Refuting his alleged links with the militants, the Chief Minister said, "That is impractical. It pains me to see that so many allegations were scripted in that letter. If one goes through, one cannot imagine that such wild allegations can be thrown against the Chief Minister."
The Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) and the NPP had earlier this year shot off a letter to the President and the Prime Minister detailing the alleged links the Chief Minister had with the Garo militant outfits.

"The Prime Minister, the President, all are well fed with information about all politicians and particularly that of the Chief Ministers. Someone alleged that Sangma becomes Chief Minister by the ANVC-B. I do not know if any MLA is approached by the ANVC-B. This is impractical," he said.

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