ITANAGAR, Dec 21 - Distancing itself from Congress infighting in Arunachal Pradesh, BJP today said it has nothing to do with the dissidence among ruling party MLAs that has led to a political turmoil in the State.
�It is an open secret that the ruling Congress conspired a well-planned political coup in the State having sensed that rebels in the party will dislodge the government with the Governor advancing the Assembly session to December 16, instead of January 14 next year,� BJP State unit president Tai Tagak told reporters at Arunachal Press Club here.
Tagak�s reaction came in the backdrop of Congress blaming BJP for engineering a conspiracy to topple the Nabam Tuki Government.
He further alleged that as part of a Congress �strategy� its senior party leaders were not attending to the grievances of dissident MLAs or coming forward to reconcile or resolve the crisis in the State. �It is a well-planned strategy of AICC to defame BJP-led NDA Government. The recent political drama presented the people of the State in poor light,� he said.
�The rebel MLAs were boycotting a series of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meetings since November 8, which did not draw any attention or disciplinary action. The State is forced to witness unruly behaviour between the two Congress groups,� Tagak said.
Arunachal Pradesh Assembly had last week passed a resolution to �impeach� Speaker Nabam Rebia by a voice vote and signed consent of 33 members, including 20 rebel Congress MLAs, 11 of BJP and two Independents, who had also got together to �vote out� Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
While stating that BJP has nothing to do with the dissidence in Congress, Tagak said the impeachment motion and composite floor test were brought by the party�s 11 MLAs along with two Independent members keeping in view the leadership crisis in the State and being a responsible opposition party in the Assembly.
�Within a few months of coming to power, the Nabam Tuki Government started facing opposition from its MLAs, which was followed by dropping of former Finance Minister Kalikho Pul and several senior Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries,� Tagak pointed out.
�People have given their mandate to Congress for development, not for infighting,� he said, alleging that government funds were looted by Congress workers in collusion with Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers.
When asked on Governor�s role in advancing the Assembly session, Tagak said the Governor did it in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
�The Assembly was summoned after 14 days notice of impeachment motion served by 11 BJP and two Independent members on November 19, as per provision of Article 179 (C) of the Constitution,� Tagak added. � PTI