ITANAGAR, Nov 4 - Though the Congress leadership has rubbished reports of infighting in the party over �leadership issue�, five ex-Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh have demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. The ex-Ministers, including Chowna Mein, Wanglin Lowangdong, Kumar Waii, Kamlung Mossang and Thangwang Wangham, were sacked by Tuki last month.
In a joint statement here last evening, the former Ministers alleged: �The ineffective leadership of Nabam Tuki has caused serious political instability and chaotic governance in the State.� They added that Tuki Government �has lost the popular support of the people as it has failed in all fronts to ensure deliverance.�
�Sensing the desperation of people and the government�s eroding image,� they claimed, �we as senior legislators of the State advised the Chief Minister to bring in much-required measures to ensure adequate delivery of services to the people. However, instead of upholding our endeavours for better and more effective people-oriented governance, Tuki labeled us as dissidents and dropped us from the Ministry on the lame pretext of being non-performing Ministers,� they rued.
�Tuki conceived our differing views as a serious threat to his leadership and resorted to disgraced acts against the representatives of the people of the State,� they maintained.
The senior lawmakers further alleged that Tuki perverted the sanctity of the democratic institution and ran the affairs of the government as his �private enterprise�. �It�s not us but Nabam Tuki, who as our leader and the Chief Minister has failed to perform. People of the State are testimony to his �non-performance� right since his assuming the Chief Ministership. It�s unethical on his part to cast his inefficiencies and failures on us by terming us as �non-performing�.�
The frontier State has been facing a political upheaval from a section of Congress MLAs who are camping in the national capital, seeking a change in leadership.
Apparently perturbed over the rebellion affecting the overall development of the State, Governor JP Rajkhowa, while addressing a press conference at Raj Bhavan here, called upon the 27 legislators, who are camping in New Delhi, to come back and shed their political differences and concentrate in their area development. He also had the advice for the elected representatives to follow the constitutional provisions and act accordingly.