Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Sunday accused that the Congress of instigating the people of Arunachal Pradesh to protest against the move to grant permanent resident certificates to six communities living in the state.
Rijiju also said Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has clarified that the state government was not bringing the bill on PRC but only tabling the report of the Nabam Rebia-led Joint Hight Powered Committee comprising members and student organisations.
He tweeted “It means the state government has not accepted it. In fact, Congress is fighting for PRC but instigating people wrongly.”
Rijiju alleged that the Congress has supported and “instigated” non-Arunachal Pradesh STs in Lekang area to fight for PRC but in Itanagar “misguided” the innocent people.
He said, “From the beginning, I have strongly urged the state government not to grant PRC unless people are convinced of full protection of indigenous rights. We must stand united.”
People in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh have been protesting after the state government announced it was considering issuing permanent resident certificates (PRC) to six non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe (APSTs) communities living in Namsai and Changlang districts and to the Gorkhas living in Vijaynagar.