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Arunachal gets opposition party for first time

The biggest political event in Arunachal Pradesh was the emergence of an opposition party for the first time.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2005 15:09 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The biggest political event in Arunachal Pradesh in 2005 was the emergence of an opposition party for the first time. The bureaucracy showed its determination to root out social evils in the name of customary laws and tribal rights and took several steps to tap the huge potential of this mountainous state.

Ever since parliamentary democracy was introduced in this tribal land in 1972 first as a Union Teritorry which graduated to attain statehood in 1987, Arunachal Pradesh enjoyed a single party rule without any discernable opposition.

The Gegong Apang-led Congress ministry for the first time recognised Kameng Dolo of BJP as leader of the opposition in the state Assembly in September this year. The BJP has nine MLAs in the 60-member state Assembly.

The Opposition along with NCP MLAs and NGOs forced the government to announce a financial package for revival of the lone state-owned Apex cooperative bank whose 32 branches accross the state had become non-functional for several months due to non-recovery of loans amounting to Rs 170 crore.

Director General of Police Amod Kanth called upon the people to come out openly to register cases specially those related to atrocities against women committed in the name of traditions and customary laws.

He ordered the arrest of a panchayat leader who abducted a school girl raped and married her all in the name of customary law in November and said time has come "when we should determine how far the customary law and the rule of law will go together despite conflicts between them."

First Published: Dec 20, 2005 15:06 IST