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Signature campaign launched for cabinet minister's ouster

Posted on Nov 28, 08:02PM | UNI

A signature campaign was today launched here demanding resignation of those involved in the alleged teachers recruitment scam, including Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh.

The signature campaign launched by Federation of Khasi Jaintia Garo Peoples (FKJGP) saw people, including students, signing on the flex banners, demanding resignation of those involved in the scam.

Banners were set up at many places in the city.

FKJGP president Joe Marwein said the campaign was launched to put pressure for the removal of Ampareen Lyngdoh from the cabinet for her alleged role in the scam.

'Our demand for the removal of the then Education Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh and actions against those involved in the scam still stand,' Mr Marwein said.

'We demand the High Level Scrutiny Committee constituted by government to speed up the process of reviewing the matter and ensure that those deserving candidates are not deprived of their rights,' Mr Marwein added.

Stating that the campaign is successful, Mr Marwein said, 'This shows that people will never accept such illegal activities and acts of corruption.' The FKJGP will soon sit to decide on its future course of actions on the issue.

The CBI in a recent report had stated that Ms Lyngdoh had ordered officials of the Education Department to physically delete, with correcting fluid, the score sheet of successful candidates.

Ms Lyngdoh, meanwhile, has defended herself saying that the CBI report is based on the confession of a single official (J D Sangma, one of the directors in the education department) and it was done with malafide intention to defame her before the Assembly elections scheduled next year.