ACS, BJP at loggerheads over construction of party’s office

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Jan 4: The Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has expressed vehement opposition to the proposed construction of the state BJP’s office in the tennis court area near IG Park here.
The ACS said it is organising a peaceful protest march from Akashdeep complex to the civil secretariat on 8 January in protest against the construction of the party’s office.
Talking to this daily over telephone, ACS chairman Patey Tayum said the plot of land allotted to the party “is the only place in the capital where various organizations, associations and general public gather and organise hunger strikes, dharnas, meetings, etc, to draw the attention of the government to their various issues and grievances.
“But, the present state government has unknowingly allotted 3000 sq mtrs of land to the BJP for establishment of its state office,” he said.
Tayum said it would not be difficult for the party to get a plot of land somewhere else in the capital complex allotted for establishing its office.
Meanwhile, the state BJP in a circular alleged that Tayum was “putting hindrances in the BJP office construction site alleging illegality,” which the ACS chairman denied.
The state BJP has also asked its office bearers and karyakartas to gather at the site on 7 January “to supervise and ensure smooth construction process.”
On the other hand, the ACS chairman has appealed to like-minded people to join him on a vigil at the site from 6 to 8 January as a move against the proposed construction of the party’s office.
He also invited political parties, community-based organisations, student unions and like-minded people to join the ACS’ stand against the construction of the state BJP’s office in the tennis court area.