Guwahati, March 18, 2019
Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Kumar Waii launched a scathing attack on Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and alleged that he played a part in the Bharatiya Janata Party denying him a party ticket in the upcoming Assembly election in the State.
The ruling BJP in Arunachal Pradesh on March 17th, 2019 has released a list of 54 candidates who will be contesting for the assembly elections on April 11th, 2019. Khandu will contest from his home constituency Mukto.
“I am out because the CM thinks I am a contender for the CM’s post. Money power is at play. What can I do when the CM is at the core of this power play? I did a lot for the BJP, but the party ignored me by forgetting its ideology that the country comes first, party and individuals later,” Waii said, as quoted in The Hindu.
The state will hold simultaneous elections to the 60-member assembly and for two parliamentary seats. Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein will contest from Chowkham.
Khandu’s political career took a U-turn after he had won a by-election from Mukto unopposed in 2011. Following this, he was inducted into the then Jarbom Gamlin ministry. He was re-elected unopposed in the 2014 Arunachal election. In 2016, he assumed the office of Chief Minister following a year-long power struggle between former CM Nabam Tuki and Kalikho Pul.
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