Ziro: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday said that the state government will soon unearth the reason and “mastermind” behind the recent 36-hour bandh enforced by the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) in the Itanagar Capital Region.

“The members of ANYA are youngsters and focused on their responsibility but somehow, somewhere, they are politically backed. It will soon be found out who is behind such acts to misguide them,” the chief minister said while speaking to reporters here.

He said there are other elements involved in the act while refuting the involvement of any ruling BJP party members in bringing down the present state government.

Responding to a series of allegations leveled by ANYA against him and his family in a multi-crore scam and also of misuse of funds under various departments, Khandu said “The allegations are baseless. Such allegations should be substantiated with proper evidence on the correct platform legally and not by resorting to bandhs.”

He said bandh is no solution to any issue; rather, it immensely affects the normal life of the public.

As such, the Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act is good and effective to curb the bandh culture in the state, he said.

Khandu said the state government has already addressed all the allegations through government spokesperson Bamang Felix and also approached ANYA for meetings. Subject-wise clarification on the alleged corruption charges will be given soon by the ministers concerned, the chief minister added.

“There is no such law in the country that the family and relatives of a minister can’t do business, contract or hold a business firm. Being the chief minister of a state, I can’t be doing contract work but my family and relatives can,” he said, responding to the allegations that his relative is involved in a multi-crore scam.

He said there were a few charges of corruption during his father’s tenure as the chief minister of state, and the Gauhati High Court has already given its judgment on them.

Unfortunately, a few individuals have dragged the matter yet again to the Supreme Court, he said.

“The matter is being constantly looked into. The effort is to end it once and for all. But resorting to bandhs and undermining the legal procedure is not acceptable,” he said, adding that the present BJP government is inclusive and always ready for talks to resolve such issues.

Khandu also said the internet shutdown in the ICR during the 36-hour bandh was in response to intelligence inputs on mishaps.

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