Gegong Apang

Summary

Gegong Apang is an Indian politician from Arunachal Pradesh. He served as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh from 18 January 1980 to 19 January 1999 and again from August 2003 to April 2007. Apang is Arunachal Pradesh's longest serving Chief Minister and also the third longest serving head of government of an Indian state after Pawan Kumar Chamling of Sikkim[1][2] and Jyoti Basu of West Bengal[3] as of 2019.

Gegong Apang
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Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
In office
4 August 2003 – 9 April 2007
GovernorV. C. Pande
Shilendra Kumar Singh
K. Sankaranarayanan
Preceded byMukut Mithi
Succeeded byDorjee Khandu
In office
18 January 1980 – 19 January 1999
GovernorBhishma Narain Singh
R. D. Pradhan
Gopal Singh
Devi Das Thakur
Lokanath Misra
Surendranath Dwivedy
Madhukar Dighe
Mata Prasad
Lieutenant GovernorR. N. Haldipur
H. S. Dubey
T. V. Rajeswar
Shiva Swaroop
Preceded byTomo Riba
Succeeded byMukut Mithi
Personal details
Born (1949-07-08) 8 July 1949 (age 72)
Karko village (Upper Siang District)
Political partyJanata Dal (Secular)
Other political
affiliations
Indian National Congress (before 2014)
Spouse(s)Yadap Apang, late Dipti Apang

Political careerEdit

Gegong Apang started his political career as a member of the Congress Pradesh Council between 1972 and 1975 after passing out from JN College, Pasighat.[4] He became the member of the first provisional Assembly between 1975-1978 and served as its agriculture minister in 1977.[4] He was also got elected to the first Legislative Assembly of the state in the year 1978 and was appointed its PWD and agriculture minister.[4] Apang won the 1978, 1980 and 1984 assembly elections from Yingkiong-Pangin Assembly Constituency.[5] Later he won the 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2004 assembly elections from Upper Siang district's Tuting-Yingkiong Assembly Constituency of Arunachal Pradesh.[6]

Apang was chosen as Chief Minister for first time on 18 January 1980, after getting elected to the assembly for second time.[7] He held the office until 1999, when he resigned triggered by a no-confidence motion by a split in the Congress Party.[8]

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,[9] the first time the BJP had ever ruled a state in north-eastern India.[10] A few months after the BJP led National Democratic Alliance lost the 2004 general election, Apang returned to the Indian National Congress.[11] In October 2004, Congress won the majority in state assembly election, making Apang return as the Chief Minister.[12] He was in office Chief Minister till 9 April 2007, when Congress MLAs revolted against his leadership under Dorjee Khandu, who succeeded him chief minister and Congress Legislature Party leader.[13] Mr.Apang,out of four terms as Chief Minister,headed Congress Government for three terms and one term from Arunachal Congress,regional party floated by him in 1996,after differences with the then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao over his demand for deportation of the Chakma-Hajong refugees from the tribal state.[7]

Apang resigned from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress on 17 February 2014 (party sources said) and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 20 February 2014 prior to Indian general election and Arunachal Pradesh legislative assembly election. On 15 January 2019 he resigned from primary membership of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by saying that "BJP now platform to seek power." .[14] He joined Janata dal (Secular) [15]

Corruption chargesEdit

Apang was arrested on 24 August 2010 for alleged involvement in 1000 crore Public Distribution System scam.[16] Apang denied the charges and claimed they are politically motivated, though the government under Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu maintained that the investigation was conducted independently without political interference.[17] The scam allegedly involves fraudulent hill transport subsidy bills that were paid without the required financial oversight while he was the chief minister.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Apang was born on January 10, 1947, at Karko village in Upper Siang district.[4] Apang is from Yingkiong, the headquarter of Upper Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh. He has three wives. one of Apang's sons was kidnapped at gun point in June 2008.[18] Later that month he returned home safely, an unknown person to the Apang family who claimed to be of the same clan of Yadap Apang (Apang's wife) kidnapped him.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sikkim's Chamling pips Jyoti Basu to become India's longest serving CM". The Economic Times. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Sikkim's Pawan Chamling pips Jyoti Basu as India's longest-serving chief minister - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  3. ^ The Hindu Net Desk (29 April 2018). "Pawan Kumar Chamling crosses Jyoti Basu's record as longest-serving Chief Minister". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Apang returns to head Arunachal Govt for 21st year". Hindustan Times. Hindustan Times. 16 October 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Election results". Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Election results". Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Apang returns to head Arunachal Govt for 21st year". Hindustan Times. 16 October 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Apang quits, confidence vote defeated". Indian Express. 19 January 1999. Retrieved 1 June 2011.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "BJP okays Apang's merger proposal". The Hindu. 25 August 2003. Archived from the original on 9 November 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  10. ^ 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). Archived from the original on 9 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Apang back in Cong fold". The Economic Times. 29 August 2004. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  12. ^ "Cong regains Arunachal, Apang likely CM". Outlook India. 11 October 2004. Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Apang steps down, Dorjee Khamdu to be new Arunachal CM". DNA India. 9 April 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  14. ^ "Congress stalwart Gegong Apang joins BJP". Times Of India. 20 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Arunachal former CM Gegong Apang joins Janata Dal (Secular)".
  16. ^ "Gegong Apang held for Rs 1,000 -cr PDS scam". Business Standard. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  17. ^ a b "Arunachal govt dismisses Apang's charge of conspiracy". Indian Express. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  18. ^ "World | India Little progress in Apang son's kidnap probe". Gulf News. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  19. ^ "Apang son's kidnapping: uncle arrested". Indian Express. 28 June 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2011.

External linksEdit

  • Apang returns to Congress
  • Apang Ministry sworn in[Usurped!]
  • Frontline - A defection drama