Itanagar: In a major setback for the Arunachal Pradesh state unit of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), senior leader Jarpum Gamlin has resigned from the primary membership of the party over denial of ticket by the party high command for the ensuing Assembly elections in the state.
The BJP has already announced the names of its candidates for most of the seats in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly, polling for which will be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections on April 11.
In a letter to Tapir Gao, president of the Arunachal unit of the BJP, Gamlin, who is also the general secretary of the party in the state, said that he has decided to tender his resignation from the primary membership of the party as he can’t let down the expectations of his supporters.
Informing that he was closely working with voters across the state, especially in Liromoba assembly constituency, as he was interested to contest the ensuing assembly elections from this constituency. “However, as the party has announced the ticket which is not in my favour, I am in a precarious position torn between the party and my supporters. After much thought, I have decided that I can’t let down the expectations of my supporters who have reposed faith in me,” Gamlin said in his resignation letter.
Arunachal Pradesh home minister Kumar Waii on Sunday also criticised state chief minister Pema Khandu for not giving him a ticket for the ensuing polls. He alleged that CM Khandu had done this because Khandu saw him as a contender for the chief minister’s job. Waii was one of the six BJP legislators, including minister Jarkar Gamlin, dropped from the list of 54 candidates announced by the party on Sunday.
“I am out because the CM thinks I am a contender for the CM’s post,” Waii said after not finding his name for the Bameng Assembly constituency from which he won thrice since the 2004.