Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Saturday called upon the BJP workers and leaders of the state to adopt a pan-Arunachal attitude and take along each community and region on the path of progress.

“BJP’s ideology, ideals and values should reach the grassroots, so must all schemes and programmes of the central and state governments,” Khandu said while addressing the party’s one-day ‘training of trainers’ at Itanagar.

The chief minister said veteran party workers and legislators have the prime responsibilities to spread the words of achievements made by the government since it came to power at the Centre as well as in the state.

Asserting that training and discipline are as important for an organization as for a healthy body, Khandu said training is important in life to be fit and healthy, likewise regular training of party workers is important for a healthy BJP.

“Training refreshes our focus and rejuvenates our ideologies. It also renews our enthusiasm to achieve goals in line with our ideals and values,” he said.

Khandu also underscored the significance of discipline in the party.

Stating that without discipline even an individual cannot achieve anything in life, he said discipline is a must in the successful functioning of any political party or organization.

“We are lucky that we are in a party, which is known for its discipline. We must live up to our party ideals and values. Only then we will be able to serve the society and usher development,” he said.

The chief minister further urged the party workers to analyze the work culture of the present government and the earlier ones.

He claimed a difference can be clearly witnessed and owed it to BJP’s ideology of ‘country first, party second and individual last.

“Only a party like BJP can change the wheels of fortune in a state like ours. Therefore we need to strengthen our party’s foundation in the state so that Arunachal can progress at a faster pace in the right direction,” he said.

Hinting at local rural and urban body elections to be held soon, the chief minister said these local government bodies are of extreme importance for grassroots level development.

He assured that the government would further strengthen the local bodies and will endorse them with powers so far denied.

“With BJP in power, expectations of people have soared high. It is our responsibility to synchronize and deliver,” the CM said.

“Be it of the government or the party, our goals are the same – to bring development with rule of law. We have no other option but to meet the people’s expectations,” Khandu added.

The chief minister also recalled the contributions of veteran BJP workers, who when the Congress was at its helm remained faithful to the party and worked silently.

He lauded their hard work and said it is because of them that the BJP is running the government now.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: