Gegong Apang

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Gegong Apang
3rd Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
In office
18 January 1980 – 19 January 1999
Preceded by Tomo Riba
Succeeded by Mukut Mithi
5th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
In office
3 August 2003 – 9 April 2007
Preceded by Mukut Mithi
Succeeded by Dorjee Khandu
Personal details
Born (1949-07-08) 8 July 1949 (age 65)
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Religion Donyi-Polo

Gegong Apang (born July 8, 1949 ) is an Indian politician from Arunachal Pradesh. He was born to parents of Adi descent. He served as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh from January 18, 1980 to January 19, 1999 and again from August 2003 to April 2007, when he was replaced by Dorjee Khandu. Presently he has joined BJP.

Political career[edit]

Apang won assembly elections in 1978, 1980, 1984 from Yingkiong-pangin Assembly Constituency.[1] Later he won assembly elections in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2004 from Upper Siang district's Tuting-Yingkiong Assembly Constituency of Arunachal Pradesh, which is reserved for ST.[2]

Apang was first elected as Chief Minister in 1980. He held the position until 1999, when he resigned following a no-confidence vote caused by a split in the ruling Congress Party.[3]

He was elected leader of the newly formed United Democratic Front, a coalition of his own political party, the Arunachal Congress and several others, in 2003. Only a few months later, Apang and his supporting MLAs merged with the Bharatiya Janata Party,[4] the first time the BJP had ever ruled a state in north-eastern India.[5] A few months after the BJP-ruled National Democratic Alliance lost power at the centre during 2004 elections, Apang returned to the Indian National Congress.[6] In October, Congress won a majority in state assembly elections, with Apang as obtaining the Chief Minister position.[7] He remained Chief Minister until 9 April 2007, when he resigned after pressure from other Congress MLAs led to the election of Dorjee Khandu as Congress Legislature Party leader.[8]

Apang resigned from the primary and active membership of the Congress party on February 17, 2014 (party sources said) and joined the BJP on 20 February 2014. [9]

Corruption arrest[edit]

Apang was arrested in August 2010 for alleged corruption relating to a 1000 crore private distribution system scam.[10] Apang denied the charges and claimed they are politically motivated, though the government stated that the investigation was conducted independently and without political interference.[11] The scam allegedly involved fradulent hill transport subsidy bills that were passed while Apang was Chief Minister without the required financial oversight.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Apang's son was kidnapped at gun point in June 2008.[12] Later that month he was returned home safely, and a maternal uncle of the son was arrested for kidnapping.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Election results". Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Election results". Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Apang quits, confidence vote defeated". Indian Express. 19 January 1999. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "BJP okays Apang's merger proposal". The Hindu. 25 August 2003. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Talukdar, Sushanta (7–20 November 2009). "Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu leads the Congress to an easy victory but finds ministry-making a tough task.". Frontline 26 (23). 
  6. ^ "Apang back in Cong fold". The Economic Times. 29 August 2004. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cong regains Arunachal, Apang likely CM". Outlook India. 11 October 2004. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Apang steps down, Dorjee Khamdu to be new Arunachal CM". DNA India. 9 April 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Congress stalwart Gegong Apang joins BJP". Times Of India. 20 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Gegong Apang held for Rs 1,000 -cr PDS scam". Business Standard. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Arunachal govt dismisses Apang's charge of conspiracy". Indian Express. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "World | India Little progress in Apang son's kidnap probe". Gulf News. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Apang son’s kidnapping: uncle arrested". Indian Express. 28 June 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 

now he is at his home town

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