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Oct 03, 2011 at 07:02pm IST

Arunachal CM in trouble over minister's abduction

New Delhi: The fate of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jarbom Gamling hangs in the balance as many ruling Congress legislators seek a change in leadership.

The chief minister has been accused of getting a senior minister, Chowma Mein, abducted.

The minister was allegedly abducted for a few hours in state capital Itanagar at gunpoint.

The minister, along with party MP Takam Sanjoy, lodged their complaint with the party highcommand, alleging that Chief Minister Gamling was behind the abduction.

Gamling became the Chief Minister in May 2011 after his predecessor Dorjee Khandu was killed in a helicopter crash.

The party leadership in New Delhi is also visibly upset over the issue.

Of the 42 Congress MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh, 24 MLAs revolted against the Chief Minister.

A total of 22 MLAs have been camping in New Delhi, and demanding Gamling's removal. They want state Congress president Nabam Tuki to replace Gamling.

The Congress party seems to be plunging from one crisis to another. Party president Sonia Gandhi needs to intervene once more, this time in Arunachal Pradesh. It seems difficult for Gamling to save his chair after more than half of his MLAs have revolted against his leadership.