Criticising the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for disrupting the business of the House on the Special Category State (SCS) issue, the Congress on Friday described as drama the submission of a memorandum to Governor S C Jamir in this regard to mislead the people.
Alleging that the system of parliamentary democracy in the State has collapsed, Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh and Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan said the ruling BJD should not do what they are doing.
The Congress leaders alleged that when BJD came to power, it had assured that the State would get SCS status within six months. Though the NDA remained in power for six years, the State was not granted SCS.
The Chief Minister remained silent even after the then prime minister, deputy prime minister and planning minister rejected the demand, they said.
The silence of the Chief Minister for six long years was not only unpardonable, but also a conspiracy against the people of the State, they said.
But now when a committee, constituted by the Centre to revise the criteria to grant SCS to backward States has been set up and the State is hopeful of getting the SCS, the BJD is enacting the drama to get political mileage out of it, they said.