KIMIN, Jun 30: The Kimin ZPM Bamang Yayu has urged people not to politicize the row over renaming Kimin as ‘Bilgarh’ in Assam, and for covering Arunachal’s name with white paste during recent visit of defence minister Rajnath Singh to the Kimin. Talking to press here on Wednesday she said the incident has hurt the sentiment of every Arunachalees and therefore BRO cannot escape from their responsibilities just by merely apologizing.
“People of Kimin have given BRO 30 days ultimatum and we will wait for them to respond to our demands. We are not satisfied with the recent apology given by ADG BRO,” said ZPM Yayu. However she welcomed the visit of a high power committee headed by education minister Taba Tedir and DGP RP Upadhaya to Kimin. She also alleged that the first phase of 20 KM long Kimin to Potin road which was inaugurated by BRO has been inaugurated without completion.
“BRO did not inform locals when organizing the event. If we had prior information we would have told higher authorities that the road is not completed,” she added.
The All Kimin Youth Welfare Association (AKYWA) president Gida Kakum alleged that few vested groups are trying to politicize the incident and urged them to refrain from doing so. “We appreciate the support we are receiving from across the state. But any attempt to give political colour is not appreciated. Remember we have to live in Kimin and we will have to bore the consequences,” he said. Further he said locals always shared good rapport with the BRO. “We never had any issues with them. This is the first time a major difference has broken out,” said Gida Kakum.
He also alleged that BRO has misled even defence minister Rajnath Singh. “Road has not been properly constructed. Defence minister has been made to inaugurate a half constructed road,” he added.
“ We have submitted our issue before the high-power committee on Tuesday and hope they take up our issue to the appropriate authority before the given deadline and after the expiry of the deadline we may take a decision to go ahead with further course of action”. Kakun further said.