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Trinamool Congress eyes Arunachal election
Published on 17 Aug. 2009 12:01 AM IST
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The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) is all set to jump into the electoral battle in Arunachal Pradesh by fielding candidates in the forthcoming Assembly poll due in October this year. ‘’Union Minister of State and the Trinamool’s general secretary Mukul Roy is scheduled to attend a public meeting here on August 23 for giving a final shape to the decision,’’ vice-chairman of Nefa Indigenous Human Rights Organisation (NIHRO) Domin Loya told a press conference here today. According to UNI report, Loya, who is also the former All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) general secretary, informed that he had resigned from the post of general secretary-cum-spokesman of the Arunachal Congress (AC), a regional party, following “betrayal by its leaders in carrying forward the aspirations of the people of the state on the right path of development.’’ “The vision and plans that the leaders of the party had for the state were dumped for their own vested interests, which can never be pardoned by the indigenous people, who have wrested lot of hopes on the regional party to serve the cause of the people, unlike the dual policy being played by national political parties,’’ he pointed out. When asked whether he would join other parties with Assembly elections round the corner, Loya said he was yet to decide but would certainly support the Trinamool if situation demands. On the fate of regional parties in the state, Loya commented that the existence of such parties was more dependent on the whims and fancies of the political leaders who may anytime opt to join the national parties at the throw of a hat. “Such is the pitiable state-of-affairs of politics in this sensitive border state today that the genuine cause of the indigenous people has taken the backseat while vested political interests have taken over the reins of government overlooking the interests of the people,’’ he added. On the recent Assembly decision for creation of two autonomous district councils (ADCs), Mr Loya termed it as a ‘’move to divide the people of the state.’’ “If ADC is to be created then why for two regions, it should be for the entire state,’’ he commented, adding the time had come for Arunachal to be reorganised.

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