AICC team to arrive in Arunachal on Monday
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 30, 2011, 18:26
Itanagar: The three-member AICC team of observers is arriving here on Sunday to attend a crucial Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting to resolve the four-month old leadership crisis in the state.

The team headed by Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, former DoNER minister B K Handique and party's general secretary and in-charge of Arunachal Pradesh Dhaniram Shandil is likely to announce the new CLP leader to be followed by swearing-in ceremony of the new chief minister, party sources said here.

"The team is coming to resolve the stalemate over leadership issue on the directive of party president Sonia Gandhi," PCC chief Nabam Tuki said.

The AICC team had visited the state on October 23 last to meet the 42 party legislators to elicit their opinion on the crisis, and submitted its report to Sonia yesterday.

Majority of the Congress legislators led by dissident leader Tuki are demanding a change in leadership in the state. There are 42 Congress legislators in the state which has a 60-member Assembly.

The rift between Tuki and Gamlin had become a big issue in the state dividing the party along ethnic lines. Majority of the Congress legislators have demanded Gamlin's resignation for his alleged "authoritarian rule."

Gamlin was sworn in as the chief minister on May 5 last after the death of former chief minister Dorjee Khandu in a chopper crash on April 30 this year.


First Published: Sunday, October 30, 2011, 18:26

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