PPA dismisses pre-poll alliance with any party


ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Barely three days after Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Takam Sanjoy claimed that theINC will have a pre-poll alliance with the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) in the state, PPA chairman Kamen Ringu on Friday dismissed APCC chief’s claim, saying that the party will fight the state Assembly and Lok Sabha elections alone.

Addressing a press conference here, Ringu clarified that PPA president Kahfa Bengia and secretary general Kaling Jerang had casual discussions with the Congress, which was not endorsed by the party.

Bengia and Jerang have been temporarily suspended for their alleged association with the Congress on seat sharing matter without the knowledge of the party’s executive body, said Ringu, adding that PPA will not forge any alliance with any national political party but will contest the polls alone keeping its regional ideology intact.

Election to the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly and the two Lok Sabha seats in the state will be held on April 11.

Stating that PPA will go alone to contest in all 60 Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats in the state and will soon announce the list of candidates, PPA chairman lashed out at the national political parties for “neglecting” the state and trying to lure potential PPA candidates.

On the party’s agenda for the polls, Ringu said that PPA has its own agenda since beginning which is inclusive development for the interest of the indigenous people of the state.

Stating that the people of the state are fed-up with the “lip services” of Congress as well as BJP government at the Centre, Ringu felt that removal of Article 371(H) and inclusion of either Article 371(A) or Article 371(G) as enjoyed by the states of Nagaland and Mizoram will be beneficial for Arunachal and its people too. 

Meanwhile, Ringu invited hardworking youths of the state to come forward and join hands with the PPA in the upcoming elections for the greater interest of people of the state.