APCC denies internal strife

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Itanagar, Feb 4 (PTI) Dismissing rumours about possiblechange of guard in Arunachal Pradesh, the APCC today deniedreports of internal strife in the party and clarified that nochange in leadership was in the offing.

Terming the rumours as "concocted and stage-managed" totarnish the image of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, APCCspokesman Vishal P Nabam in a statement said that the entireexercise was a handiwork of "frustrated few with vestedinterest".

"There is no question of leadership change as all rankand file of the party repose full faith and confidence onKhandu''s leadership", Nabam added.

With a chain of development plans and programmes as hispriorities, Khandu had proved beyond doubt as a true, capableand dedicated leader, he said.

Appreciating Khandu''s untiring efforts in pursuing NewDelhi to speed up development activities in the state, thespokesman said that "it is because of the present chiefminister, many development packages including the ambitiousPrime Minister''s package could be turned into reality, whichon earlier occasions was a distant dream".

"As announced immediately after taking over thereins, Khandu was instrumental in reviving the sick Apex Bank,initiated the works of 2,192 km Trans-Arunachal Highway atcost of Rs 12,513 crore besides infrastructure development inthe state capital", Nabam pointed out.

He said, the annual operating plan has taken a jumpfrom Rs 1,132 crore in 2007-08 to Rs 2,500 in 2010-11 apartfrom Rs 1400 crore from hydropower projects which among otherdevelopmental works had also helped in implementing the sixthpay commission recommendations at par with the centralgovernment officials.

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