ITANAGAR, Apr 25: The state BJP on Thursday termed “baseless” former home minister Kumar Waii’s allegation that the BJP had used money and government machinery to woo the voters in the recent elections.
Addressing media persons at Arunachal Press Club here, state BJP vice president Dominic Tadar said, “The BJP is the only party which believes that election 2019 should not be based on money power but on good governance and leadership.
“Since the beginning, Chief Minister Pema Khandu had passed a clear message that this election would be not based on money power but rather on good governance and performing leadership. The CM has stated clearly that leaders who spend money to get votes would not be able to work for the welfare of the state and its people,” Tadar said.
Denying Waii’s allegation, Tadar sought to know how the party could have misused the government machinery after the declaration of the elections, “as it is directly controlled by the Election Commission of India.
“Therefore we condemn Waii’s statement,” said Tadar.
However, on Waii’s demand to know about the financial status of the state government, the vice president fumbled, evidently unaware of the arithmetic of the state’s financial position.
He did make a feeble attempt to defend the state government by saying that the electioneering process was the reason behind withholding government cheques, adding that it would be revoked immediately after the period of the model code of conduct is over.
Conversely, the BJP levelled allegation against the National People’s Party for “resorting to violence and booth capturing across the state and indulging in false allegations to tarnish the image of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju.”
The BJP also raised concern over reports of booth capturing in Rawa under the Bameng assembly constituency in East Kameng district, and requested the authority concerned to look into the matter.