Congress CMs of NE states criticise Kiren remarks on Nehru
Reacting on Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju ,s recent remarks on the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said that such remarks have insulted 12 crore tribals of India.
“Nehru was the only leader who protected the tribals and gave them their rights, including this tribal dominated state, for which the tribals highly respect him but Rijiju’s comment amounted to insulting 12 crore tribals of India,” Tuki said.
Tuki accused Rijiju of trying to divert the attention of the masses from his ministry’s failure to tackle prevailing communal tension across the country.
Echoing similar views, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday accused Rijiju of trying to spread “false propaganda” by saying that Jawaharlal Nehru had “let the people of Northeast region down during the 1962 Indo-China war”.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Sunday told “former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s words in Parliament on the Chinese aggression in Ladakh and Arunachal had really pinched our hearts, and had demoralised our forces and the local people. “Participating in a debate in Parliament over the Chinese aggression, the then prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru had said: “In those barren land and mountains of Ladakh and Arunachal, not even a blade of grass grows, why Parliament is wasting time,” said Rijiju, adding that it was a reality that China took over the entire western part of Arunachal Pradesh, which was a part of Assam in 1962″.