PPA asks Khandu to come clean on corruption charges

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has expressed displeasure over the remarks made by the Chief Minister Pema Khandu when questioned on allegations of corruption against his office during an interaction with media at Aalo on Wednesday.

Khandu had explicitly told media-persons that since none of the MLAs in the legislative assembly has raised the question, he is not liable to answer and that he will only answer when they raise the matter.

“The PPA genuinely feels that such unrelenting attitude and tenor from a person holding the highest political office in the state is totally uncalled for. It doesn’t mean that just because the MLA’s are not raising the issue, any responsible individual(s) or organizations cannot bring it in the public domain. New allegations of corruption in various departments under the state government including the Chief Minister’s Office have been surfacing in the public domain with every passing day,” the party said in a statement on Thursday.

“Even if the intention of those individuals or organizations raising the matter is political, the serious charges of corruption cannot be overlooked. The numerous litigations against the government including the APPSC paper-leak fiasco and the APSSB issue more or less points to the systematic rot and the politico-bureaucratic nexus in draining the state’s wealth and human talent,” the PPA alleged.

The chief minister has to come clean on the issue, the lone regional party said adding, “Terming every allegation levelled against the state government as politically motivated is totally uncalled for.”

“We urged upon the state government more particularly the chief minister to genuinely address and come clean on all the corruption allegations made by various organizations,” the party said.

It also reminded Khandu and his entourage who are on a 3-day official visit to West Siang district to initiate necessary action and physically access the progress and quality of the Pangin-Aalo Road and Likabali-Basar-Aalo Road which is the lifeline of the people not only from West Siang But also Siang, Lower Siang, Leparada and Shi-Yomi districts.

“There is genuine public resentment against the ongoing road construction works with regards to its quality and timely completion which needs to be looked into at the earliest,” the PPA added.

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