New Delhi, Oct 5 (ANI): Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes Union (APITU) Chairman Bamang Tuglik has criticized Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin for misusing the official CM's bungalow.
The recent accusations are a step ahead in the recent charges traded between two warring sections of the ruling Congress party in which now civil activists have come out in open.
The crisis in the state worsened with the kidnapping of an MLA near the Arunachal CM's official bungalow on September 26, followed by the kidnapping of Chowna Mein.
Mein had earlier claimed that he was, in fact, abducted at gunpoint on September 26 evening around 5.05pm.
"I was abducted. At around 5.05pm I saw three vehicles coming and some of the boys inside the vehicles pointed at me. Before I could react they pushed me inside the vehicle and threatened to shoot me. The vehicles stopped at the back area of the CM"s bungalow after crossing two security gates.
While Chief Minister Gamlin has been making all efforts to protect his fort, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president and Public Works Department Minister Nabam Tuki, is leaving no stone unturned to seize the post of chief minister from Gamlin.
Accusing Gamlin of retaining his chair by means beyond the realms of democracy, Tuglik said the Chief Minister's bungalow has been turned into a sort of nightclub manned by local youths with doubtful antecedents.
"People can stoop to the lowest has been exemplified by Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin to retain his chair by means beyond the realms of democracy. It is an open secret now that the official residence of the Chief Minister has been turned into a den of anti-social and un- authorized persons just to keep in captivity few Congress Legislators so that they do not escape to the other camp demanding change of leadership in the government. Thiss unprecedented in the history of politics in Arunachal Pradesh," said Tuglik.
The CM Bungalow was in fact lying vacant since the tragic death of the then Chief Minister late Dorjee Khandu in a chopper crash on April 30, 2011. After assuming office as successor to late Khandu, Gamlin did not shift to the CM Bungalow and continues to stay in the official bungalow allotted to him as a Cabinet minister," he added.
Tugklik expressed his surprise over the silence of the Union Government and particularly the Congress central leadership on this issue.
"Using the official bungalow of the Chief Minister, which was renovated and occupied by late Khandu, unethically for cheap politics is the lowest the present chief minister can go. This is condemnable by all concerned citizens. Surprisingly the Union Government and particularly the central leadership of Congress are conspicuously silent on this issue," said Tuglik.
"The most blatant of all this is that, of late, the CM's bungalow has been turned into a sort of night club manned by local youths with doubtful antecedents. Deploying local youths armed with firearms in the CM," he added.
Urging the Congress High Command to ask Gamlin to tender his resignation on moral grounds for the betterment of the state, Tuglik said: "As it is more than crystal clear that the present Chief Minister is bent on retaining his chair by any means, it is our appeal to the Congress High Command to ask Mr. Jarbom Gamlin to resign by morally taking responsibility of the chaos in Itanagar or else it would be better to sack him and bring back stability and harmony in the state."
Arunachal Pradesh is facing a political crisis since the death of former chief minister Dorjee Khandu, and now the present incumbent Gamlin's fate is also hanging in the balance.
A large section of Congress MLAs and ministers are demanding the removal of Gamlin.
The 60-member state assembly presently has 42 Congress members, 5 from the NCP, 5 from Trinamool, 4 from PPA, 3 from BJP, with one being an independent legislator. (ANI)