I’m ready to quit, if party commands: Khandu

*Incomplete Yangte-Tali road to restart: CM

TALI | Oct 30| Announcing that his Govt will not discriminate MLAs, either of ruling or opposition, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said the opposition PPA and Congress MLAs too are part of Team Arunachal while addressing BJP Maha Rally-cum-development meeting today.

He welcomed their participation through questions and resolutions, saying “Stronger the opposition the better will be performance of ruling Govt”.

While welcoming new 38 PPA ASMs, Tali and Pipsorang GPMs, whose joining was earlier accepted by state BJP president Tapir Gao, Khandu advised them to be ready to serve in any place under any posts by keeping in mind nation’s interest first, party and self-interest last.

If the party commands  him tomorrow  to leave the CM’s post and serve elsewhere, he would be ready to do so. Such should be the commitment of the party members, he reasoned. Khandu brought smiles for Tali ADC HQs residents with his assurance to resume work on incomplete Yangte-Tali road by November next. He said that a meeting involving PWD, finance & planning departments will be called in  November first week to evolve plan for a new scheme whose head will be decided for fresh work execution. He announced to make these decisions public through social media and newspapers.

Khandu informed that Rs five crore is sanctioned for bridge over Kumey River to link Yangte and Tali and hoped that 10-12-km road work from bridge point to Tali HQs should complete soon as the terrain is

He informed that the existing road, lifeline for people of Tali and Pipsorang circles, was sanctioned during former CM, late Dorjee Khandu. But it is yet to be complete after 12 years of its sanction due to scheme duplicity and poor implementation.

Though in the past several CMs have visited Tali HQs, absence of road connectivity had always remained the biggest issue confronting state’s lone constituency, Khandu said, adding it was during late Dorjee Khandu that Tamen-Tali and Chetam-Pipsorang roads were also sanctioned.

He proposed to execute Yangte-Tali road work under the DC with a strong monitoring team. “If your wish for road has to be in real then you have to agree to my proposal else the road is never going to be complete on time,” Khandu pleaded the gathering.

He further urged them for bringing attitudinal change first before expecting any change from above. “The story will be the same – CMs will come, make announcements and go; but nothing will change on the ground. So I don’t want it that way,” he said.

Khandu also urged those  from the constituency settled in state capital to invest in their hometowns and villages to uplift their area. He said true development will be a reality  when villages become self-contained and economically viable, but not when villagers are forced to migrate to cities in search of better avenues.

Earlier, Union MoS (Home Affair) Kiren Rijiju, Gao and Home Parliamentary Secretary Pani Taram also spoke. (CMO)


Neglecting MLA Tado in BJP

rally a negative trend: PPA

ITANAGAR | Oct 30 | Expressing deep concern over wasteful show of strength in the guise of BJP rally that too using Govt resources and presence of Union MoS Kiren Rijiju, People’s Party of Arunachal today castigated the  BJP-led GoAP for undermining  democratically elected Tali assembly constituency leader Markio Tado.

PPA president Kahfa Bengia, in a release, reminded CM Pema Khandu of his oft repeated statement that he would treat equally all 60 MLAs irrespective of party affiliation differences in fund allocation. Rijiju should also  remember he was elected MP by all people of Western Parliamentary Constituency and behave like a national leader instead of acting like a party agent as proved by this bad precedent.

The MLA of any constituency is always taken into confidence during visit of any VIPs and dignitaries as per the norm because such visits aim at implementation of developmental schemes, the release said, adding the PPA party is unhappy over such a negative precedent in humiliating local MLLA belonging to opposition party by not consulting him.

The BJP-led state Govt should differentiate between the party and the Govt, which belongs to everybody irrespective of party affiliations. But, Khandu-led  Govt  surprisingly tried to undermine a sitting MLA which is an insult to the people and deserves condemnation, the release said.

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