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Arunachal Pradesh CM Jarbom Gamlin resigns

October 31, 2011 - Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh)

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin has reportedly resigned.

He handed over his resignation to the state Governor General (retired) Joginder Jaswant Singh, who he met this afternoon.

The Congress Legislative Party is currently meeting here to elect its new leader, who will effectively be the new Chief Minister.

Gamlin had on Saturday offered to resign from his post amid dissidence in the state's ruling Congress on the leadership issue.

He had taken over as chief minister on May 5 following the death of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in a helicopter crash.

Meanwhile, 40 of the 42 Congress legislators in Arunachal Pradesh have authorised All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi to appoint a new Congress Legislature Party leader in the state.

A one-point resolution was read out to newsmen by AICC observer and Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

Party MLAs held a meeting at which Shinde and other two observers, former DoNER minister B K Handique and party's general secretary and state unit in-charge Dhaniram Shandil.

The other two party MLAs are the Speaker and Wangki Lowang. Lowang did not attend the meeting.

A majority of Congress legislators led by dissident leader Nabam Tuki have demanded a change in leadership in the government headed by Garbom Gamlin.

A majority of Congress MLAs demanded Gamlin's resignation for his alleged "authoritarian rule".

Besides the Congress, the Trinamool Congress has five members, NCP-five, People's Party of Arunachal four, BJP-three besides a lone Independent in the 60-member House. The Trinamool Congress and the NCP provide outside support to the Congress government.


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