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BJP to approach President on NE scams

The BJP would be petitioning President Pratibha Patil on scams worth Rs 63,000 crore in the Northeast.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2011 20:52 IST
Rahul Karmakar

The BJP would be petitioning President Pratibha Patil on scams worth Rs 63,000 crore in the Northeast.

The party, in its report titled ‘Congress Governments: Loot of North-East”, alleged systematic loot of development funds by politicians, bureaucrats and government officials in all states of the region over the past few years. A three member fact finding team has prepared the report.

Assam, the BJP alleged, was the biggest culprit with scams exceeding Rs 20,000 crore.

“Our party president Nitin Gadkari will submit the report on the scams in the Northeast to the President (Patil). We will submit all documentary evidences to her,” BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said in Guwahati on Monday. “We will also request the Supreme Court to constitute a special bench to probe these scams.”

“Assam has become the most corrupt state in the country with underhand dealings in 11 vital services, as revealed in a study conducted jointly by Transparency International and Centre for Media Studies,” Somaiya said.

The level of corruption is ‘alarming’ in Nagaland, ‘very high’ in Meghalaya and Sikkim, ‘high’ in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, and ‘moderate’ in Tripura and Mizoram, he added.

The BJP singled out Assam on PDS, alleging rice meant for BPL families amounting to Rs 1,000 crore went straight to the black market. The party also alleged schemes such as NREGA were a major source of corruption in Assam.

Senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley would be highlighting the reports in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and seeking a debate on the scams.