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CM reiterates appeal for calm

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DUMPORIJO, Feb 3: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today reiterated his appeal to the people to maintain calm and help bring back normalcy disrupted due to two unsavoury incidents of violence in the recent past.

“I appeal to those resorting to economic blockade on Arunachal Pradesh to reconsider their staunch stand on humanitarian grounds and also call on people from outside the state residing here not to panic due to few stray incidents. We are peace loving people and believe in bonhomie and peaceful coexistence,” the Chief Minister said while attending the annual conference of Topo Welfare Society (TWS) at Dumporijo today.

Taking note of the two recent incidents – clashes at Tarasso in Papum Pare district and assault on a student at New Delhi – Tuki condemned both the incidents and assured that law will take its own course and the culprits involved will not be spared.

He, however, appealed that the incidents should not hamper the peaceful coexistence of different communities in Arunachal Pradesh.

“For the mistake of few, innocent civilians cannot be held responsible or made to suffer,” he said expressing hope that good sense will prevail.

Addressing a massive gathering of Topo clan, under the aegis of TWS, Tuki highlighted the various development and welfare projects taken up by his government in the last two years. He sought cooperation and support from all sections to fulfill his vision of a developed and progressive Arunachal Pradesh devoid of unemployment and poverty.

“I am not a good speaker. I don’t mind because I don’t believe in speaking. I believe in working and I am working… working for a better future of our generation next,” he said to a round of applause.

Responding to a few representations submitted by the people through local legislator and host Takar Marde, the Chief Minister assured that all grievances will be looked into positively. He also praised Marde for his pro-active role in the development of his constituency and appealed to people to support him in the coming Assembly elections.

Also present on the occasion, Dr Jayakumar, Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC) and in-charge Arunachal Pradesh, took the opportunity to remind the people of the upcoming Parliamentary and Assembly elections. He asserted that UPA Government in the Center and the Congress Government in the state have brought people-centric acts like the Right to Information, Right to Education, Right to Food, etc that has empowered the people at the grass root.

“People may harp on regional and other parties but only Congress can give a stable and people friendly government,” Dr Jayakumar said and called upon the people to favour the Congress in the coming elections.

Marde, while playing the perfect host, negated all rumours about partition in the Congress party and asserted that the Congress government under the leadership of Nabam Tuki is stable, vibrant and progressive. He said the mood in the party was upbeat and therefore will go in for the polls on a positive note.

Earlier, the Chief Minister unveiled the statute of Ato Topo, forefather of the Topo clan. BJP MLA from Daporijo, Tapen Siga was also present on the occasion. (Media cell)

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