Now Delhi Coming to Arunachal Pradesh, says Chief Minister Pema Khandu
Itanagar: Stating that the ruling party in Delhi only cared about controlling Arunachal Pradesh in the past, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, however, felt that the situation has changed now with the coming of central ministers and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the state more frequently in last four years.
“It is now Delhi coming to Arunachal,” Khandu said while speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2018 in Kolkata on Saturday, an official communiqué informed here on Sunday.
Responding to questions from news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai, the chief minister observed that Delhi may be far from Arunachal but not from its heart and expressed that it is the thought that creates distance and not farness.
“From Statehood day till 2013, there were fewer than 50 visits made by Union Ministers to Arunachal including only four visits by Prime Minister. Now under PM Modi, we have more than 100 visits and PM himself visiting twice in the state,” said Khandu.
Lamenting that the state lacks attention of national media and feels left out by it, the CM said: “Presence of national media in Arunachal will prod the government to work better and bring awareness in people.”
“Arunachal wasn’t a highly literate state initially and in those days there weren’t proper assistance, regulation and monitoring of funds that led to people getting deprived of benefits of development,” said Khandu adding that the ruling party in Delhi only cared about controlling Arunachal.
“However, in four years everything has changed under PM Modi. It is no more Delhi controlling us but now there is more emphasis on work and transforming an idea into reality,” said the CM.