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Arunachal BJP GS Jarpum Gamlin quits party; BJP denies ticket to ex-ministers

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Arunachal Pradesh saw exit of various members on Monday as certain former ministers and MLAs were denied ticket for the ensuring Assembly elections.

General secretary of Arunachal Pradesh BJP, Jarpum Gamlin, resigned from the party on Monday after his name did not find a mention in the list of 54 candidates released by the BJP parliamentary board on Sunday evening.

Widely seen as a dynamic leader, Gamlin had been visiting interior parts of the state for months and was a contender for party ticket in Liromoba constituency.

“For sometime now I have been working closely with the public of Liromoba as a contender for Assembly elections. The party is well aware of this… After much thought I have decided that I cannot let down the expectations of my supporters who have reposed faith in me. I have therefore decided to resign from the primary membership of the BJP,” Gamlin wrote in his resignation letter sent to Arunachal Pradesh BJP president Tapir Gao.

The BJP on Sunday declared a list of 54 candidates for the 60-member Assembly. Two ministers including Kumar Waii and Jarkar Gamlin and nine other MLAs could not find their names in the list, triggering near dissidence in the saffron party.

The party has given ticket to Goruk Pordung, replacing home minister Kumar Waii from Bameng seat while Kento Jini has replaced tourism minister Jarkar Gamlin from Along East.

“I have lost my ticket as chief minister Pema Khandu considers me his contender. This is the reason they have rejected ticket to me,” said Kumar Waii.

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