Itanagar: Kumar Waii, the former home minister of Arunachal Pradesh, on Tuesday said that Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh became a victim of politial vendetta.
“It is a sad moment for us and the entire state of Arunachal Pradesh. This killing of MLA Tirong Aboh is a result of political vendetta,” Waii told EastMojo in an exclusive interview.
“Political parties taking help of insurgent groups is leading to a dirty atmosphere. Such parties should be wiped out from the state,” he added.
In a major setback to ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Arunachal Pradesh, three senior leaders of the party including Waii, tourism minister Jarkar Gamlin and former BJP general secretary Jarpum Gamlin, had shifted their loyalty to Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma-led National People’s Party (NPP) earlier in March this year.
In all, 18 public leaders had joined the party including a large section of prominent leaders, former ministers and legislators.
“The NPP is being targeted. Its supporters are getting killed,” Waii said, adding: “NPP’s MLA and candidate has been killed. These killings are part of a political strategy.”
Aboh, the sitting MLA from Khonsa West assembly constituency, was shot dead by insurgents near Bogapani on Tuesday morning.
Bogapani is a small village which falls under the Khonsa circle of Tirap district. Ten others, including Aboh’s son Longgem Aboh, were also reportedly killed in the ambush allegedly laid by an insurgent outfit active in the region.
Aboh’s PSO Wangsan Hakhun is said to be in a critical condition. Aboh contested the assembly elections, the results of which will be declared on May 23, on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket this year.