Cong govt in Arunachal strong, functioning effectively: Tuki

Nabam Tuki 1ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said the Congress government in the state was "strong and functioning effectively" and those quitting it were not interested to serve the people.

"Congress, being a grassroots level party, has the mandate of the people by winning 42 seats in the last Assembly elections," the Chief Minister said in reply to a question on the present political situation.

"The government is functioning effectively and those quitting are not interested to serve the people...Their decisions are against the people and make no difference.

"There is no dearth of capable people who are in the queue," he said making a dig at those who have resigned.

"Any internal Congress matter can't be discussed in public and BJP has no business to interfere in matters of Congress which they have been doing repeatedly," Tuki told reporters here today.

The Chief Minister was flanked by Legal Metrology, Consumer Affairs, Food & Civil Supplies Minister Tirong Aboh and APCC president Padi Richo.

Responding to questions on the Chakma-Hajong refugee imbroglio, the CM said the September 17 Supreme Court directive to grant citizenship to the refugees was "shocking".

"The state government has already filed a review petition in the SC and I have called on the Prime Minister and Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking help in this regard.

"The issue has been prolonging for the last 52 years and all efforts to find an amicable solution is yet to yield result," Tuki said, adding that it's not the time for blame game but to stand united for the welfare of state's people.

When asked if the SC sticks to its stand, Tuki said "that being the apex court it is aware of the Constitutional protection of Arunachal and would protect the interest of country's people first and I have full confidence in the judiciary".