AICC team to arrive in Arunachal on Monday

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.

PTI



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

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