Kiren Rijiju rules out PR in Arunachal Pradesh

Pema Khandu-led BJP government in the state should take all possible steps to bring normalcy as early as possible- Kiren Rijiju


 

New Delhi

Amid speculation about imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the Pema Khandu-led BJP government in the state should take all possible steps to bring normalcy as early as possible.

Kiren Rijiju, however, ruled out the possibility of imposition of President’s rule ( PR ) in Arunachal Pradesh that witnessed widespread violence in the past four days, explaining that the state government could not communicate properly to the people on the contentious PRC issue leading to the unrest.

Rijiju’s comments came on a day when a Congress delegation, led by Arunachal Pradesh state unit president Takam Sanjoy and former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, petitioned Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding ouster of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and imposition of President’s rule in the state.

Rijiju denied that there was any move by the BJP to replace Khandu. “Rajnath Singh and I have spoken to the Governor and the Chief Minister (of Arunachal Pradesh) and told them that peace must prevail and adequate compensation should be given to the victims of police firing,” he said.

Rijiju blamed the Congress for “politicising” the PRC issue and said the Narendra Modi-led Central government has done tremendous work for the development of Arunachal Pradesh as well for the entire northeastern region, and all such initiatives should not go in vain due to protests and violence.

Meanwhile, the Congress party alleged that the Arunachal Pradesh government has completely failed and remained a mute spectator to the unfolding events. Further, complacency and lack of action would not only jeopardise the sociocultural fabric of the state but also have serious strategic ramification, it said.

The Congress said it is a matter of shame that Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has been indifferent to the sensitivities of the people, the deaths and the ongoing unrest. Instead, he has been indulging in politicising the issue, discarding blatantly his constitutional obligations to safeguard the interests and safety of his people, they said.

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