The BJP was supporting the dissident group of Congress legislators in Arunachal Pradesh in forming a government with the basic intention of safeguarding democracy and stopping loot of precious funds meant for development in the strategically located backward state, Tai Tagak, president of the BJP’s Arunachal unit said on Wednesday.
“We do not have any intention of forming the government. We have only eleven MLAs. But, being a responsible opposition party, it is our earnest duty to stop people from looting funds that are so precious and are meant for implementation of various development projects in the state,” Tagak told The Indian Express over the telephone from Itanagar.
Tagak alleged that there were many complaints of mismanagement, misappropriation and diversion of development funds in Arunachal Pradesh in the recent few years.
“There has been massive swindling of funds. The High Court is already seized of the matter,” he said.
Denying allegations leveled by the Congress party that the BJP was behind the on-going political instability and dismissal of the Nabam Tuki government, the state BJP president said the Congress government had remained instable since its formation in 2014.
“The Congress had won 47 of the 60 seats in the 2014 assembly elections. But despite that comfortable majority, chief minister Nabam Tuki could not keep his flock together. He kept dropping and inducting ministers every now and then, trying to satisfy different people at different times. Was it the BJP that asked him to drop and induct ministers so frequently?” Tagak asked.
Tagak said this frequent reshuffle of the Congress ministry not only weakened the Congress but also seriously hampered governance and development in the state. “The people have been deprived of benefits of development because ministers were more busy ensuring they did not get dropped at the whims and fancies of the chief minister.
Central funds were either not utilized or misappropriated. There are several cases that require high-level inquiry,” the state BJP chief said.
Tagak however was not confident that the new government to be headed by dissident Congress leader Kalikho Pul would last long.
“They continue to be Congress, and we can only give them outside support. It is up to them to provide a better government,” he said.
Tagak also reminded that though the Congress dissidents were up in arms against Nabam Tuki, it were the BJP legislators who took the final steps in paving the way for dismissing the Tuki government.
“It was our BJP legislature party that had moved an impeachment motion against Speaker Nabam Rebia and a no-confidence against Nabam Tuki. The dissident Congress MLAs and the two Independent MLAs supported these,” he said.