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‘Oust Gamlin’ cry gets louder in Arunachal Pradesh

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 Guwahati: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Jarbom Gamlin is facing a vociferous cry for his ouster from the influential Nyishi community in the hill state even as internal bickering within the ruling Congress has reached the door step of the party high command in New Delhi.

All Nyishi Students’ Union and Nyshi Elite Society (NES) are spearheading the oust Gamlin campaign raising an eyebrows about possible involvement of Gamlin’s bête noir and senior minister Nabam Tuki behind the campaign.

Tuki who is a prominent member of Nyishi community, is known to have been a disgruntled men after his hopes to become the chief minister of the bordering hill state was dashed when Gamlin , the then power minister, forced his way to the hot chair surpassing many seniors in May this year following death of then chief minister Dorjee Khandu in a helicopter crash.

The ANSU and the NES have set October 12 deadline for Jarbom Gamlin to step down accusing him of failing to govern and holding him responsible for deteriorating law and order situation in the hill state of late. Both the organizations have called upon all the legislators from Nyishi community to withdraw support to Gamlin if he failed to quit.

The two agitating Nyishi organisations have called for 36-hour state-wide bandh on October 12 and 13 in case the chief minister did not step down by the deadline set by them.

“We have resolved to demand resignation of chief minister Jarbom Gamlin and fixed October 12 as a deadline. In case he refuses to quit, then we will demand his dismissal and imposition of President’s rule in the state in view of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state,” said a leader of Nyishi Elite Society .

Nyishi community is the dominant tribe in five of the 17 districts of Arunachal Pradesh, has 14 MLAs in the 60-member state assembly in Arunachal Pradesh. Two of them are ministers and four others parliamentary secretaries in the Congress government headed by Jarbom Gamlin.

Meanwhile, a section of Congress legislators raising demand for replacing the incumbent chief minister Gamlin by senior minister Nabam Tuki. Congress has 42 legislators in the 60-member Arunachal Assembly. Both pro-Gamlin and anti-Gamlin groups have claimed majority in the House and are camping in New Delhi to put up their cases before Congress president Smt Sonia Gandhi.

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