Congress asks NEDA partners to overlook short term benefits

Congress General Secretary in-charge of northeastern states Luizinho Faleiro on Friday asked non-Congress parties who are part of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) to not look at short term benefits by being part of the BJP.

“The chairman of the NEDA is Amit Shah, and all knows about the agenda of the BJP/RSS. They brought the Citizenship Amendment Bill, they removed the Special Category Status of the Northeast states and also the planning commission is removed. It is a loss to the people of the region,” he told reporters in Shillong.

Faleiro said that the friends who are members of NEDA should understand that instead of just joining the alliance by thinking of short-term benefits which is the pleasure of ruling, they should instead think long-term which is the ill-effects of joining this coalition.

“They have demonstrated through their action whether it is the CAB or PRC in Arunachal Pradesh, whether these will be in the interest of the Northeast states, in the long run,” Faleiro asked.

On the reports doing the rounds that certain Congress legislators were in touch with the United Democratic Party (UDP), which is part of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, the Congress leader said, “I don’t think it is correct. I have met the MLAs, they said that they were all together.”

He also said that during his interaction with the MLAs no one spoke of the need to change the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader.

Moreover, he said that even though Congress was going through difficult times in the country in general and the state in particular it was the people which is going through even greater stress.

Faleiro pointed out that economy was going through a meltdown, country’s GDP, industrial and agricultural growth has collapsed even as she added that unemployment is at an all-time high. He said that the Congress in Meghalaya will introspect, consolidate and strengthen the party and if necessary restructure the organisation. “Soon we will have an action plan and road map on how to go to all the villages of the state in order to strengthen the party,” Faleiro added.

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