Guwahati (Agencies): BJP National Secretary Dr Kirit Somaiya on Monday alleged that Rs 46,3000 crore were either looted or siphoned off from the state exchequers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.

Describing year 2010 as `Loot Time in the North East', Somaiya said,
"Systematic swindling of public money in the state exchequer, embezzlement, fraud and rampant corruption by politicians in power and officials have been witnessed in all these states".

While presenting a report of the BJP fact finding committee before media persons here, he said perusing records of CAG, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and interaction with various quarters, the party had found that embezzlement, misappropriation and frauds had become a culture of the ruling party in the North East.

Alleging government money meant for development and poverty alleviation was looted, he said, "data for 50 different scams was collected with the loot in hydropower scam going beyond Rs four lakh crore and corruption as well as kickbacks running into thousands of crores".

"Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana (SGRY) and Food for Work meant for the poor and below poverty line (BPL) people do not reach them but is misappropriated by ministers and their family members", Somaiya claimed.

The senior BJP leader also attacked the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government referring to the CAG report which found "serious discrepancy in the state budget with an excess fund of over Rs 200 crore released to the N C Hills was an indicator of corruption in the state".

Referring to Arunachal Pradesh, he said, "the state has become a soft target for scamsters, including chief ministers, with the hydro power scam involving Arunachal and Centre being one of the biggest scams of the region.

BJP National President Nitin Gadkari had appointed a three-member committee, which included Somaiya, to probe into the various scams in the North-East by visiting the states to unearth and document the various scams there.