Arunachal CM resigns after midnight drama
It may take another three-four days before a new chief minister assumes office as now the scene of action would shift to state capital Itanagar where the outgoing CM would name his successor on the floor of the House. Sanjib Kr Baruah reports.india Updated: Oct 31, 2011 17:38 IST
Even as hectic parleys are on at 10, Janpath to firm up a forward-looking strategy to end the prevailing political chaos in Arunachal Pradesh, amid high political drama on Friday midnight, chief minister Jarbom Gamlin tendered his resignation to the Congress party high command.
“The meeting started in the afternoon and lasted till midnight. The venues kept on changing—from the residence of Ahmed Patel, then to Sushilkumar Shinde’s house and then to the AICC headquarters where Gamlin submitted his resignation,” a senior Congress leader told HT.
“Before the final meeting, many senior leaders from the state were summoned individually and their views taken,” he added.
It is felt that it would take another three-four days before a new chief minister assumes office as now the scene of action would shift to state capital Itanagar where the outgoing CM would name his successor on the floor of the House.
Besides Patel, Shinde, Oscar Fernandes, and the three members of the Central observers team comprising Union power minister Sushilkumar Shinde, former DONER minister BK Handique and Dhaniram Shandil, party-in-charge for Arunachal, Gamlin and dissident leader Nabam Tuki were present in the meeting.
On October 15, AICC president Sonia Gandhi had met both Gamlin and Tuki and instructed them to return to Arunachal Pradesh after the duo agreed to abide by whatever decision that Gandhi took on the leadership issue.
The CM's post was laid vacant after the sudden death of Dorjee Khandu, then chief minister, in a chopper crash on April 30 this year.
For the past several months, governance has taken a hit with many MLAs and ministers of both the factions camping in New Delhi to lobby for their leaders.
The political fight had also led to cases of violence between supporters and opponents of the two factions in the eastern-most state of India.
The 'hurried and arbitrary' manner in which Gamlin was appointed the CM after Khandu's death and the manner in which portfolios is also believed to have contributed to the problem.