From Our Correspondent
Itagar, Feb 10: With the erstwhile PPA government in the state merging with BJP on December 31st last year, saffronization began in a pompous note at Seppa in East Kameng district with a total of 549 Panchayati Raj leaders, mostly Congress, changed allegiance to the saffron party on Thursday in presence of state BJP President Tapir Gao, Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.
Welcoming the PR leaders into the party, Khandu termed the day as historic. He informed that in the first executive meeting held at Itagar after merging into BJP, it was decided that a process may be initiated to welcome all PR leaders into BJP across the state, an official report informed here today. “Our government’s joining the BJP will not be complete till all PR leaders repose faith in the party and join it voluntarily. I am sure before February 20 all PR leaders of the state will join BJP and strengthen the government to the optimum,” Khandu asserted. Heaping praises on Prime Minister rendra Modi and Rijiju for their concern for Aruchal Pradesh, Khandu said that in all his three interactions with the Prime Minister, Modi had given him specific directions to take each and every scheme of the government to the grassroot. “Our grassroot is the panchayati raj leaders. Through them only we can successfully implement all welfare schemes of the government,” he said while exuding confidence that with the joining of PR leaders into the party a smooth mechanism to evolve for benefit of the rural populace. “Without Modi, Rijiju, Gao and panchayat leaders Pema Khandu is incomplete,” the chief minister added. Meanwhile, Gao formally accepted the joining of the 549 panchayat leaders of the district. Out of five legislators of the district, four including Home Minister Kumar Waii and Parliamentary Secretaries Karya Bagang, Mama tung and Tapuk Taku were present on the occasion, the report added.