ITANAGAR, Oct 11 � The ruling Congress in Arunachal Pradesh has put forth all its might to retain the Kanubari Assembly seat with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with party stalwarts today addressing a huge rally at Kanubari in a last-ditch effort to woo the electorate.
The Kanubari seat fell vacant after the demise of veteran Congress leader Newlai Tingkhatra on May 7 days before the election results were declared. He had won the seat in a triangular contest in the April 9 polls.
Bye-election for the seat, scheduled for October 15, is set to witness a straight fight between Congress nominee Gabriel Denwang Wangsu, a former journalist, and BJP�s Rongnai Maham. Paying tributes to late Tingkhatra, Tuki said the people had exuded confidence on the late leader and Congress party by making him victorious in the Assembly elections this year. However, he said, Tingkhatra left behind several unfinished initiatives and unfulfilled promises. �Therefore, we must now elect Wangsu, the Congress candidate, so that he can fulfill these,� Tuki said.
He also hit out at BJP leaders, who reportedly addressed rallies a couple of days earlier, saying some of them had tried to mislead the people with regard to Centre-State relationship.
�There is a constitutional relationship between Centre and State. No matter which party rules, this relationship cannot be manipulated,� Tuki clarified discarding apprehensions over Centre-State relations.
Tuki went on to explain in detail the initiatives undertaken by the Congress govt in last two years like CM�s Universal Health Insurance Scheme, CM�s Agri-Mechanisation Programme, Rubber and Tea Mission, Skill Development and Employment Generation, etc.
AICC secretary Dr Jayakumar lambasted the BJP�s Achche Din Aayenge mantra.