BJP leader demands Prez rule in Arunachal
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 19:08
Itanagar: A day after seven MLAs from the Trinamool Congress, NCP and People's Party of Arunachal expressed concern over 'serious political differences within the Congress', a senior BJP leader on Thursday demanded President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh 'in view of the instability within the government.'

"The dissidence among the Congress legislators for a change in leadership has brought all development activities to a standstill in the past three months, BJP National General Secretary Tapir Gao told a press conference here.

Gao demanded the Governor exercise his constitutional power for invoking Article 365 keeping in view "the instability of the present government with prevailing lawlessness in various districts."

"We are going to raise the issue in the coming assembly session from tomorrow as well as in BJP's two-day national executive meeting slated from September 30 next," he said.

The BJP leader claimed that more than three cabinet minister including the deputy speaker, 14 parliamentary secretaries and chairman were camping in the national capital since past three months to pursue with the central leadership over change of guard in this sensitive border state.

"We are not concerned on change of chief minister as it is the internal matter of the Congress," he said.

Gao, who blamed the AICC for the present impasse in the state, alleged that the Congress leaders were least concerned for the people of Arunachal and lacked will power to resolve the crisis.

"The Congress party has become an agent for extortion of development fund in the name of political drama," he alleged.

In a letter to the Governor yesterday, seven legislators from the All India Trinamool Congress, NCP and People’s Party of Arunachal said, "due to serious political differences and unrest within the Congress party, the development agenda and governance have taken a back seat."

"We are extremely concerned at this development ..... The current political situation in the state has witnessed a drastic change from when Dorjee Khandu was the chief minister which does not augur well for the state and its people," the letter, a copy of which was made available to the press, said.


First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 19:08

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