Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress (APMC) vice-president Marina Kenlang has accused Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Takam Sanjoy of deliberately refusing to give her the necessary forms to file nominations for the ensuing assembly polls.
The Congress had on Saturday announced the names of 53 candidates for the state’s 60 Assembly seats. The list had the name of Kenglang for the Changlang North seat. However, on Monday, the last day of filing of nomination, someone else submitted the papers.
Speaking to EastMojo, Kenlang said that Sanjoy consciously refused giving her Forms A and B (forms that political parties need to submit for sponsoring nominated candidates) to file her nominations following which she is now unable to contest the elections.
“There were two Congress contenders for the Changlang (North) seat and my name was on the top. Most of the members of Pradesh Election Committee vouched for me and so did All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi, who during his recent visit to Itanagar had asked Sanjoy to support my candidature. However, instead of finalising my name, Sanjoy issued a ticket in favour of the other candidate, namely, Thinghaap Taiju, for reasons best known to him,” Kenlang said.
She blamed Sanjoy of manipulation after failing to stop the AICC from nominating her for the Changlang (North) seat.
“Despite the Congress workers, Pradesh Election Committee referring my name and the Mahila Congress representatives and my supporters meeting Sanjoy to collect forms A and B he refused giving the same,” Kenlang said.
Kenlang clarified that she is not against the Congress and would still support the party and its candidate for their endeavours. However, all she wants is proper justice and explanation.
“I joined the Congress in 1999 and have been a Zilla Parishad Member twice. I have fulfilled the criteria to become a candidate but have been denied. An individual has kept me out, not the party. I will remain with the Congress because I believe in its ideology,” Kenglang said.
“Such indiscrimination in distributing tickets has been seen in other constituencies as well so I don’t want some individual decisions to hamper the future of the party.” she added.
Kenlang also refuted a report published in a regional news portal of her alleging Sanjoy of taking money from BJP and termed it as false.
Sanjoy when contacted said that he simply followed the list finalised by the AICC. “I cannot issue nomination forms to two candidates. The initial list released by the AICC which had Kenlang’s name in it was corrected later and replaced with Taiju’s name. Such decisions are made in New Delhi not here (Itanagar).” he said.
Two other women leaders recently quit the Congress after being denied tickets.
First was Jarjum Ete, who joined the Janata Dal (Secular) to contest the Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat and second was Toko Yaram who followed Ete after failing to get the ticket for the Yachuli Assembly constituency.
“My sacrifice for the party through thick and thin was not valued. I was denied ticket in 2009 and 2014 too,” Toko said after resigning from the Congress on Sunday.