‘Tapir Gao will take up PRC issue for Lekang people,’ assures Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
BORDUMSA: Referring to the ‘permanent resident certificate’ (PRC) issue, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal assured the non-APST (Non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribes) people of Lekang that Tapir Gao would definitely take up the cause once he is elected. Blowing the BJP trumpet at Mahadevpur general playground here under the 48-Lekang constituency in Namsai District of Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday, Sonowal underlined the various achievements of the BJP government at the Center and also in Arunachal Pradesh. He said that “the Narendra Modi-led BJP government would come to power again to lead the nation for the overall development of the nation and the people.”
Sonowal urged the electorates of Lekang to support Tapir Gao — the BJP candidate for the Eastern Parliamentary seat of the Himalayan State and also for Jummum Ete Deori — the party candidate for the 48-Lekang constituency.
Lambasting the Congress, he said that development in roads and highways, infrastructure, telcom and digital services among other sectors picked up extensively in the landlocked State only due to the pioneering leadership of Narendra Modi.
Taking a dig at the rival Congress with adequate documentary and audio-visual evidences in hand, Chowna Mein — the Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh — alleged that the Congress was the mastermind behind the violence that had sparked in Itanagar earlier in February centering round the grant of PRC to the six non-APSTs of Namsai and Changlang districts.
Mein added that “the Congress, the NPP and the PPA never support the cause of extending the PRC privilege to these deserving communities like the Morans, the Mottocks, the Deoris, the Missings, the Ahoms and the Adivasis in the two districts but while begging for votes in Lekang, the Congress leaders speak otherwise. Lambasting the dual policy of the Congress, Mein urged the people of Lekang to support “the local daughter of the soil” — Jummum Ete Deori — the BJP candidate for the Lekang seat.
It is pertinent to add here that following the PRC violence, Mein shifted his place of political interest from Lekang to Chongkham where he has put up his candidature on a BJP ticket.
“Discard the outsider candidates from various locations contesting from Lekang and choose the local one for better coordination, development and all-time availability which is very important for the common people during thick and thin,” urged Mr Mein. Sanjay Takkam of the Congress, Bidha Thaku (Independent), Takam Paleng of the JDS, Nikh Kopi of the NPP and Deori from the BJP are fighting for supremacy in the Lekang (ST) seat mostly dominated by the people of the six communities also known as the ‘Non-APSTs’. The electorates touching around 15,000 who are mostly agrarian by profession, have been striving long for the PRC status since ages. But the Arunachal Government during the Congress tenure had never felt it right to extend the privilege to these deserving ones. On the other hand, the Pema Khandu-led BJP government in a bid to resolve the long-pending issue for the overall and balanced development of the State wanted to consider the issue until violence gripped the entire State over the issue. However, issuing of the ‘PRC’ card have been a comfortable and easy issue for the political parties and candidates to pitch their means for the political ends.
Former Congress leader Bida Taku presently contesting as an Independent candidate, has been supporting the PRC cause over a period of time. He has been actively working for the people of Lekang as well.
The poll battle between Taku and BJP candidate Deori — with complete support from Mein, the sitting Lekang MLA — would be an interesting one. Meanwhile, Congress leader Takam Sanjay from Itanagar is also locking horns in the Lekang poll tussle.
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