New Delhi,Manan Kumar: Congress launched a frontal attack on the Modi government charging it for misleading the country on Naga peace accord and blamed the Prime Minister Modi for “breaching the principles of cooperative federalism with impunity”.
To put its point forward it presented the three chief ministers of Congress ruled north-eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Assam who also lambasted the Central government for keeping them in total dark about the developments.
Holding PM Modi guilty of “obstinacy, obscurity and arrogance”, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “PM Modi has chosen to keep the elected governments of Assam, Arunachal and Manipur in complete dark with no involvement either in the process of negotiation or finalisation of terms of peace agreement. What is appalling that that till date these elected governments neither have knowledge of terms of accord not have they been consulted.”
Charging the PM with not informing the parliament the terms of accord, not holding an all-party meeting to discuss it and not even telling the contents to his own ministers and even the defence ministry, Congress dared the PM to make the terms of the Accord public. Attacking PM Modi, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi said, “My first objection is that it violates the democratic principles and parliamentary procedure by not taking approval of the cabinet. The PM does Man ki Baat with the whole nation but does not convey Mann ki Baat even to his cabinet colleagues.”
Debunking the Accord, as was also reported by the dna, Gogoi said, “How the Naga interlocutor can be the signatory of the accord. His signatures do not have any validity. The Accord is valid only if the home secretary or joint or some other high official signs it on behalf of the government of India. Questioning government’s secretive silence on features of Accord, Gogoi asked Is it indeed an accord or not or as NSCN (IM) chief Muivah said the solution has not been arrived as yet. “If that is so then what is the great achievement?” Gogoi asked.
Expressing shock the way the issue has been handled, Manipur chief minister Ibobi Singh said he was told by MoS Jitender Singh that was nothing but simply a framework of agreement. “The why PM said it is an Accord. The whole of Manipur was agitated for not keeping them informed and forcing the accord on them,” said Ibobi Singh.
The three chief ministers and Surjewala also charged BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman of telling blatant lies by asserting that the chief ministers were called for a meeting in Niti Aayog to discuss the peace agreement. Putting documents on record, both Ibobi Singh and Gogoi said, neither through any written letter not orally they were told such a thing. “We refused to take part in the Niti Aayog meeting as it called to discuss Land Acquisition bill which we are boycotting. The same day all the chief ministers of northeast were called but no agenda for the meeting was communicated. We boycotted that meeting also because of complete indifference on account of PM to grant audience for full six months on the issue to discuss special status for NE states,” they said.