Saturday, April 1, 2023

Cong accuses BJP of going all out to destroy regional parties

Staff Reporter

All India Congress Committee (AICC) media coordinator Sujata Paul has accused BJP of having no respect for any regional party and was all out to destroy regional political parties across the country.
Addressing the media at Congress Bhavan here on Friday afternoon, she referred to January 22 incident when BJP karyakartas allegedly created havoc while protesting at deputy chief minister Y Patton’s residence and threatened to go for mass resignation.
“The street fight within BJP and between NDPP and BJP is proving to be bad for the peace-loving Nagas. It is very uncommon for Nagas to be shouting in the streets. This is what happens when BJP comes to Nagaland,” she specified.
She further alleged that indiscipline among BJP workers was not spontaneous but deliberate, planned and staged. She said it was BJP’s larger gameplan that was being encouraged by chief minister Neiphiu Rio himself.
She also accused Rio of holding Nagaland to ransom through corruption, while BJP was destroying even the last remnants of democracy in an opposition-less Nagaland Assembly.
Paul pointed out that it was not just a fight between BJP and Rio-led NDPP, but a fight that BJP was indulging in to benefit and ultimately destroy the regional party in Nagaland. She said Rio was responsible for bringing this upon Nagaland by being corrupt and weak.
In its endeavour to wipe out the regional parties completely, she alleged that BJP brought in the “vote cutter” Aam Aadmi Party, claiming that this was another proof of BJP’s nervousness of losing and a strategy to intimidate its alliance partners just in case it had to go alone into the elections.
Referring to BJP State president Temjem Imna Along and Patton seeking Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s intervention to sort out the issue, she questioned the State BJP leadership how they would be able to provide governance in the State when they could not even resolve party’s internal issues.
She alleged that Along was incapable of controlling the situation because BJP was a party of “slaves” and was ruled by Delhi.
The AICC media coordinator also asked Naga people whether they wanted a government ruled by Delhi or a government that understood their problems.
She also asked Rio why he was silent over the hullabaloo over seat-sharing agreement between BJP and NDPP and why he was not responding to the situation. She said Rio was now waiting and watching whether his party should back off and allow BJP to get 30 seats.
Paul lamented that the BJP-NDPP coalition government had not only let down the people of Nagaland, but also proved to be corrupt and hence could not give good governance to Nagas.
Meanwhile, when asked whether Congress would be aligning with any party in the State, she replied that the matter would be made public when the time came.
On Congress’ prime focus to fight the Assembly election, she said the party’s manifesto was getting ready and assured that the party would focus on youth.


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