Itanagar: The political crisis in Arunachal Pradesh has intensified with a senior minister accusing Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin of using hired gunmen to seize him, a charge strongly denied by the latter.
Social Welfare Minister Chowna Mein told IANS “Three to four people brandished small arms and shoved me inside a vehicle just outside my official residence in Itanagar and drove me to the chief minister’s bungalow. I asked the chief minister why he tried to kidnap me.”
The state, known for its political unsteadiness and legislators known for their hop-skip-and-jump politics, are now putting pressure on New Delhi for a change by introduction a blazing anti-Gamlin campaign accusing him of nepotism. There are 42 Congress legislators in the 60-member house.
“I would say people are unhappy with Gamlin’s leadership and majority of the legislators and ministers are seeking a change,” Mein said.
But the anti-Gamlin lobby got a shot in the arm with union Home Minister P. Chidambaram over the weekend states concern over the deadlock in Arunachal Pradesh.
“I have told Gamlin that governance must be brought back to rails and it is unacceptable to find the Congress legislature party divided in Arunachal Pradesh,” the home minister told to reporters.
For close to a month now, more than 20 Congress legislators, concluding ministers are camping in New Delhi, trying to lobby for a change in leadership.