Arunachal Pradesh:’Black Day’ protest marks completion of CM one year in power

Arunachal Pradesh:’Black Day’ protest marks completion of CM one year in power

Itanagar, July 17, 2017: Terming the swearing-in day of Chief Minister Pema Khandu on 17 July, 2016 as ‘Black Day’, Mere Vichaar Andolan Committee (MVAC) declared that it would organize a peaceful sit down protest at Tennis Court in Indira Gandhi Park to Mark July 17 as ‘Black Day’ of the state from here on out.

Acknowledging the suicide of former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, MVAC Convenor Kaling Tasing informed that every 9th of August would also be observed as ‘Suicide Day’.

The unnatural death of his predecessor Kalikho Pul returned to haunt Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu as his government completed a year in office on Monday amid a ‘black day’ protest.

Khandu-led BJP government, though, has more than five months to go to complete a year, the CM is celebrating the first anniversary as he had first headed a Congress government that switched over to the regional People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) before turning saffron on December 31 last year.

The committee, named after Pul’s 60-page suicide note titled ‘Mere Vichaar’ that blamed Supreme Court judges and a few Arunachal Pradesh politicians for driving him to death, has been demanding a probe into the events that made Pul “sacrifice” his life.

Pul was found hanging in the chief minister’s bungalow on August 9 last year.

“Even after the 2019 assembly election, July 17 will always be a Black Day and August 9 a Suicide Day for us unless Khandu and his deputy Chowna Mein quit,” MVAC convenor Kaling Tasingh said.

TNT News from inputs from Hindustan Times

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