Pema tells people to shun ‘money politics’

ZIRO, Dec 20: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday urged the people to shun “money politics” during election and to choose leaders who could lead the state towards development.
“People should oppose money culture during elections by political leaders to woo voters and instead elect such leaders who will serve the people honestly and dedicatedly,” he said while addressing a function here after the foundation stone laying ceremony of several important highway projects by union minister Nitin Gadkari.
Pema claimed that his ‘Team Arunachal’ would emerge as a strong force in the 2019 election.
The assembly election in Arunachal Pradesh is due next year.
“The new government will bring more reforms in the governance,” he said.
Taking a dig at opposition Congress, Khandu alleged that the opposition party followed an “appeasement” policy because of which the state remained “underdeveloped” in the past several decades.
“Time has changed after NDA came to power in 2014 and the state along with other northeastern states have started getting more attention,” he said, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attached priority to the region by sanctioning many schemes.
The chief minister also said that in the last four and half years of Modi government, central ministers have visited the state 130 times. (PTI)