Itanagar: Gegong Apang, former chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, has resigned from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday accusing both the party and the Narendra Modi government of “not addressing the real issues” and ignoring “morality and ethics.”
In a letter to BJP president Amit Shah and state unit president Tapir Gao, Apang said, “I am disappointed to see that the present-day BJP is no longer following the principles of Late Shri Vajpayee ji. The party is now a platform to seek power, it serves a leadership which hates decentralization of democratic decision-making and no longer believes that the party founded by, for and of the cadre is only seeking to capture power.”
In his letter to party president Amit Shah, Apang said, “I have been blessed with love and respect from the people of my state. It is because of which I have been seven times MLA and chief minister for 23 years.”
Assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh are likely to be held with Lok Sabha elections later this year. Sixty nine-year-old Apang’s resignation can potentially trigger another political realignment in the state with Congress unit chief Takam Sanjoy saying several BJP leaders are in touch with the Congress.
In December 2016, Arunachal Pradesh became the first state in the Northeast to have a full-fledged BJP government when 33 other MLAs of the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) joined the saffron party.
Apang had joined the BJP in 2014 in the run-up to the last assembly polls that year. He lost to Alo Libang who later joining the BJP and inducted as a cabinet minister in Pema Khandu government.
Meanwhile, Tapir Gao, president of the state unit of BJP, played down Apang’s resignation. “Political parties always have an open door for people to join and leave,” he said.