BJP breaks silence over ‘dog remark’ controversy

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: With the ‘dog remark’ controversy surrounding the Chief Minister refusing to die down, the state BJP on Tuesday broke its silence over the controversy.
Stating that the debate between the Chief Minister and the Palin MLA on the floor of Assembly on October 14 was not a personal one, State BJP Chief Spokesperson Dominic Tadar said that it was purely a political reference to drive his point home.
“I was also in the Assembly on that day, in the audience gallery, and the debate between Leader of the Opposition Takam Pario and Chief Minister Pema Khandu was not a personal debate,” Tadar said.
“The Chief Minister, being a responsible person, can never think of referring to his own colleague as a dog,” said Tadar.
“In a parliamentary democracy like ours, the house proceedings – both in the Parliament and the Assembly – are limited only to the respective houses and its members. It is not brought to the public domain to touch the sentiments of the people,” he said.
The state BJP appealed to the NES, the ANYA, the ANSU and all Nyishi-based organizations and members of the community and others not to draw conclusions to hurt the sentiments of any community or individual.
“The majority of the Nyishi legislators are with the ruling government led by Pema Khandu, and the BJP has major party functionaries belonging to the Nyishi community. The Chief Minister knows very well that he will never take steps to hurt the sentiments of any member of the community,” the party said.