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State Cong MLAs meet Sonia
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 21 (NPN):
Published on 22 Jul. 2009 12:53 AM IST
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A delegation of Nineteen Congress legislators and one independent MLA from Nagaland led by CLP leader Chingwang Konyak Tuesday met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Defense Minister AK Anthony and highlighted about “deteriorating state of affairs” in the state. According to Congress parliamentary secretary to CLP C Apok Jamir, the legislators stressed on alleged financial irregularities, corruptions in various departments, ineffectiveness of the state government in tackling law and order problem in the state. The delegation also expressed concern on the Naga political issue and urged Union Government to accelerate the process and bring “protracted Naga political problem” to its logical conclusion during its current term. Meanwhile, talking to Nagaland Post over telephone from New Delhi, former chief minister and Congress legislator K.L.Chishi said the MLAs expressed concern that the DAN government had pushed through its budget for 2009-10 based on the financial statement of 2007-08 and not on the statement of 2008-09. Stating that the budget had not factually reflected the correct financial position, the Congress delegation urged the Centre to release funds only after proper verification of the utilization certificates. The delegation also expressed concern over alleged misuse of NREGA funds by the DAN government and also accused the chief minister of keeping some NREGA funds under suspense for channelising it to defeated NPF candidates. Further, the Congress delegation also apprised Sonia Gandhi on the refusal by the chief minister to accord sanction for prosecution by the CBI against those named in the VRS scheme scam. On the refusal of chief minister Neiphiu Rio to accord prosecution sanction to the CBI, the Congress had urged upon the state Governor to give the go ahead as was done by the Governor of Kerala when the state cabinet refused sanction for prosecution of state CPM secretary Vijayan in the multi crore Lavalin scam. On the next Governor to replace K. Sankaranarayanan, who has been posted to Jharkhand, Chishi said the Congress urged Sonia Gandhi to appoint a seasoned politician as the next Governor of the state. The Congress delegation expressed satisfaction with the positive response and concern shown by both the leaders. Further, the legislators wished the central leaders success while leading the country towards “progress and prosperity.”

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