ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) on Thursday demanded the resignation of several people in power, starting with Panchayati Raj (PR) Minister Alo Libang’s, holding him responsible for the delay in conducting the panchayat election in the state.
The APYC said the panchayati raj department was not conducting the election, which was supposed to be held in May this year, despite the high court having directed it to do so. It claimed that the situation arose because of Libang’s “incompetence.”
“The state government has denied the popular demand of the rural population and the judgment of the high court for conducting the panchayat election. It clearly shows the incompetence of the state BJP government and the PR minister, curtailing the rights of the citizens,” APYC president Geli Ete told media persons at the press club here.
“The government has committed contempt of court by not complying with the direction,” Ete said. “Instead of holding the PR election, the state government has filed an interlocutory application seeking six months’ time, citing financial crisis as the reason.”
The APYC also demanded early construction of the Potin-Pangin stretch of the Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH). It termed the TAH scam “the greatest scam under the PWD minister,” and said the minister, Chowna Mein, should be held accountable for it.
Saying Mein should solely be held responsible for the entire obligation related to the project, the APYC demanded his resignation, as well, for “failing to execute the TAH properly.”
“A major scam was reported in the TAH project, but why is the PWD minister maintaining a stoic silence?” APYC general secretary Kaley Rijiju demanded to know.
The APYC also demanded the resignation of the board members of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) for allegedly failing to run the commission. It claimed that, because of the recent fiasco, “the students no longer have faith in the commission for conducting free and fair examination in the future, as repeated leakage of question papers, copy paste, and protests against the commission have proved.”
It called for revamping the commission, “with a retired IAS officer,” to restore the confidence of the students in the transparency and credibility of the commission.