ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Parroting the demands of several organizations, the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) on Friday demanded that Chief Minister Pema Khandu step down immediately.
Describing the CM as “immature and characterless” over the ‘dog’ remark he allegedly hurled at Leader of Opposition Takam Pario, PPA president Kahfa Bengia said Pema should step down.
“If the CM steps down, he will be in jail,” said Bengia, and further claimed that, besides multiple cases of corruption pending against him in the Supreme Court, “a rape case lodged against him (Pema) in 2007 is also pending at the CJM’s court in Yupia.”
Bengia, who was addressing a press conference here, also rejected any possibility of forgiving the CM for the ‘dog’ remark, saying the time for an apology has passed.
“The legislators should have withdrawn support from him for maligning his honourable position,” Bengia said.
He, however, failed to respond to the media on the question of the accountability of the Speaker over the CM’s remark, which had been made during an Assembly session.
PPA general secretary Kaling Jerang also accused Pema of “failing miserably as chief minister,” and said the state witnessed issues such as Chakma-Hajong, TRP 2014, fiasco in the health department, PMGSY scandal, etc, under his leadership.