By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Accusing the BJP-led state government led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu of pumping in huge amount of funds for simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections, Home Minister Kumar Waii on Wednesday sought clarification from chief secretary on state’s financial status.
When the state Govt had issued cheques to contractors against sanctioned schemes of central sponsored schemes, state annual development agenda and state infrastructure development funds (SIDF) and kept all cheques with April 30 as validity on hold due to elections on April 11 last, why the embargo has not been lifted even after the polls are over.
Talking to media persons here, he produced the copy of letter sent to the CS on Wednesday urging him to lift the ban and clarify reasons for continuing the ban till date, particularly Rs 800 SIDF schemes against which LoCs were issued.
Pointing out that such money flow was not seen in any past elections as was proved during seizure of Rs 1.8 crore cash allegdly from CM’s motorcade in Pasighat by IT sleuths on April 2 last night and buying of single vote for up to Rs 4 to 5 lakh, he said that the contractors and other affected people are raising doubts “if the Govt diverted plan funds to non-plan heads for misuse or else why the ban on issued cheques would continue though not within the purview of model code of conduct?”
“Why contractors’ payments have not been cleared for last two years if the coffer is not empty?” he alleged & said that some might go to court to seek redressal. He questioned “Is this the proof of transparency always advocated by the CM?”
Any Govt is expected to work for socio-economic development of the state and its people, if CM Khandu reflecting his incapability should quit to pave the way for someone to shoulder the responsibility, said Waii, who contested from Bameng assembly in East Kameng district seat on a NPP ticket. The fund flow by the BJP candidates would be cause of failure of their rivals of other parties, he claimed. The NPP is a collation partner of North East Democratic Alliance formed by the BJP.
About outcome of poll result, he said “accha hi hoga” (good) as he has been serving his people with commitment and brought visible development in his area. But on rumour of projecting himself as CM, he said that though he is senior most candidates among all NPP candidates, but the party will decide the leader.
Responding to questions on attempt to his life, he clarified that about 300 to 400 supporters of his BJP rival Goruk Pordung armed with sticks and daos attacked his motorcade at a place, 8-kmm off Seppa, while he was returning after election on April 11. His vehicle was totally damaged but he was saved by his PSO. The matter was reported to DC and SP.
He also disclosed that “Though I am still Home Minister, my ‘Z’ category security cover and pilot escort were withdrawn against prevailing practice”. When told that security cover of former CM Nabam Tuki was withdrawn too, he quipped: “Such status of former CM Gegong Apang and Tuki was not withdrawn during his HM tenure. Present decision is unprecedented”.