Ghar wapsi swells Congress strength

By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Ruling BJP and NPP, part of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), leaders making ghar wapsi journey to Congress not only swells Opposition strength but paints a different political picture in Arunachal Pradesh with announcement of simultaneous elections to Assembly and Lok Sabha on April 11 next.
Senior politician Tanga Byaling, present NPP Legislature Party leader and won from Nacho Assembly seat for five consecutive terms and former Konsa West MLA Yumsen Mate were among seven leaders to join Congress with their supporters at a function at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here on Tuesday to be received by party leaders. Others new comers included former Govt officers Dr C K Gohain, Radham Sindhu and Noglin Bori.
Announcing that many more are waiting in the wings to join, APCC president Takam Sanjoy, in his welcoming address, said that the party though ready to fight from 60 Assembly seats but would consider poll alliance in few seats with parties like regional People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) and Janata Dal (Secular) whose NE In-charge is former chief minister Gegong Apang. With the announcement of elections, the ruling and opposition would begin from zero with ultimate aim of victory, but the Congress will emerge as the king in the 2019 in Assembly and Lok Sabha hustings, he said with confidence lit large over his face.
Welcoming Election Commission of India decision to announce simultaneous polls that too giving only 30 days instead of 45 days in the past, He cautioned all state Got officers to strictly adhere to model code of conduct (MCC) in force. He said that party has already constituted vigilance committees right from block level to monitor that no officer resort to accord sanction, give contingency appointment, effect transfer and posting on back dates in violation of MCC
Terming it as ghar wapsi, Byaling said that “his supporters in a resolution asked him to return to Congress if he wants their support. As voters hold the right to elect a leader, I had no other alternative but to return to Congress.”
“My attitude being a tribal never suits the BJP ideology which commands what to eat, advocates religion and issues warning for which I sacrificed my minister’s post to join PPA not the BJP. But my returning to Congress aims at moving ahead with honour,” he said to the thunderous applause of party leaders.
Congress now has five legislators in the 60-member house while ruling BJP has 48, the NPP four, two independents and Markio Tado had resigned from Congress indicating his inclination towards BJP.

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