BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, July 14: Welcoming the Supreme Court order restoring the Congress government in Aruchal Pradesh, former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that the apex court’s judgment exposed the motive of the Modi government.
Addressing a press conference here today, Gogoi said, “Imposing president rule in Aruchal Pradesh by the Modi government was an attack on the democracy. It was a threat to the federal structure of the Country.”
In a major setback to the BJP, the apex court today ordered restoration of the Congress government in Aruchal Pradesh by quashing all decisions of the Governor that had precipitated its fall in January, holding them ‘violative’ of the Constitution.
Taking a dig at the Aruchal Pradesh Governor, Gogoi said that the Governors appointed by the NDA governments are political appointees, who act at the behest of the Modi Government.
“Governor should act as per the provisions of the Constitution. But the Aruchal Pradesh governor acted as per the instruction of the Central government and diluted the provision of the Constitution. It’s a shame for us,” said the former Chief Minister.
Reacting to the motive behind launching the BJP-led Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA), Gogoi said, “They are talking about Congress-mukt (free) Northeast, we want to know what will be their stand on solving the problems of the region like foreigners’ issue, problems of flood and erosion, interstate border dispute etc.”
Gogoi said, “The Centre has yet to release a sum of about Rs 1200 crore due to the State for various flood damage repair works. Will the NEDA take it up with the Centre?”
Coming down heavily on the government, Gogoi said, “People of Assam voted BJP to power seeking a change but what change we are witnessing today.”
Speaking on Centre’s move to auction 12 margilized oilfields of the State, former Chief Minister Gogoi said, “Not Assam but the private parties would be benefited by it.”
Gogoi also opposed granting citizenship to minority refuges coming from Bangladesh at this point of time.
“They should be given refugee status, citizenship should not be granted them at this point of time,” Gogoi added.