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Sonia Gandhi to nominate Arunachal chief minister
Saturday, October 29, 2011

New Delhi :  Congress president Sonia Gandhi will next week nominate a successor to outgoing Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Jarbom Gamlin who resigned from the post Friday night following a three-month leadership crisis in the north-eastern state.

Gamlin tendered his resignation in Itanagar to Gen (retd) J.J. Singh, the Arunachal Pradesh governor who, however, has yet to take a decision in the matter, according to reliable sources.

"The matter was discussed thread-bare with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and she would name a new leader within the next two-three days," Dhaniram Shandil, Congress in-charge for Arunachal Pradesh, said here Saturday.

Gamlin was appointed chief minister in May earlier this year following the death of Dorjee Khandu in a helicopter crash.

However, since the last three months a majority of the 42 Congress legislators in the 60-member house have been opposing his continuance in office.

According to sources, at least 24 of the 42 Congress legislators support state party president Nabam Tuki as the next chief minister. Tuki also has support of two Independent MLAs. (IANS)


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