Congress high command calls Arunachal CM, Nabam Tuki for talks
The political impasse in Arunachal Pradesh is heading for a possible resolution with the Congress high command summoning chief minister Jarbom Gamlin and dissident leader Nabam Tuki for urgent consultations.delhi Updated: Oct 27, 2011 23:01 IST
The political impasse in Arunachal Pradesh is heading for a possible resolution with the Congress high command summoning chief minister Jarbom Gamlin and dissident leader Nabam Tuki for urgent consultations.
"On Friday, there is a strong possibility that the high command's decision will be conveyed to them," said a Congress party source.
The team of Central observers, which had gone to Itanagar to gauge the 'ground-level situation', met all the 42 of the party's 60 MLAs individually on October 23, before submitting the report to the high command the very next day just after their return from the hill state.
The Central team comprised Sushilkumar Shinde (Union power minister), BK Handique (former development of North Eastern region minister) and Dhaniram Shandil, AICC in-charge for Arunachal Pradesh.
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.
The 60-member state assembly comprises 42 Congress members, 5 from the NCP, 5 from Trinamool, 4 from PPA, 3 from BJP, with one being an independent legislator.