GUWAHATI, Feb 20 � Former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Gegong Apang who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last night, would try his best to ensure that both the Lok Sabha seats in Arunachal Pradesh are won by the saffron party.
Apang was welcomed by BJP national president Rajnath Singh and a host of other leaders. Apang has been one of the longest serving chief ministers in the country and had been in power in Arunachal Pradesh for more than 23 years. He became the first and only BJP Chief Minister in the North Eastern region from 2003 to 2004. He joined the Congress due to some political compulsion and was removed as CM by the Congress high command due to his brief term in the BJP. Apang�s son Omak Apang was a Minister in the Atal Behari Vajpayee Government in 1998-99.
Apang, who came to Guwahati this morning from Delhi, was welcomed by spokesperson of the State BJP Shiladitya Dev, and was felicitated with a BJP scarf. Thereafter he met the press at the airport. He told the media that he was very happy to rejoin the BJP and said that he has no plans to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. He added that he would devote his time to organizational work to strengthen the party in the State.
He also said that he was ill-treated by the Congress party and that the Congress high command does not have any regard for the North East leaders. He regretted the spurt in crime against North East people staying outside the region and called for stringent action to safeguard the North East citizens.
On the other hand, Apang said that Narendra Modi will become the Prime Minister of the country and that Modi has full support of the people because of his vision for development in various parts of the country. Apang said that he knew Modi personally as a man of commitment, honesty, dedication and patriotism.