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Minister denies having written letter

Arunachal minister Lijum Ronya denied having written any letter to Khandelwal opposing candidature of Neelam Taram.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Itanagar
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2004 08:32 PM IST

Arunachal Pradesh Power(E) minister Lijum Ronya today denied having written any letter to BJP national vice president Pyarilal Khandelwal opposing candidature of former State Home Minister Neelam Taram and described him as a ''christian fundamentalist'' as alleged by Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) yesterday.

Ronya told a press conference at his office here that he was amazed to see a copy of a 'fabricated and concocted' demi official letter to Khandelwal dated March 7 under his signature containing certain disparaging remarks towards christianity.

ACF has demanded that Ronya be dropped from the ministry and expelled from the party by April 4 for hurting the sentiment of the Christian community.

Ronya, also state government spokesman, said ''in my long 27-year political career I never went against any particular community or religion. I always worked for communal harmony and integrity of all sections of people in the state. I have always worked for national unity and security.''

Ronya said in the age of computers it was not very difficult to have one's signature forged and blamed the opposition for trying to drive a wedge in the ruling BJP.

Asked if he apprehended that he might be dropped from the ministry, Ronya said, ''I dont bother if I am dropped it will be a mishandling. However, I will continue to work for the party''.

Replying to a question, he said the state unit was not empowered to expel him from the party as he was a member of the party's national council.

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