JP Rajkhowa has created furore again. After the endless saga over his resignation, the former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh is in the news again. Rajkhowa, this time has claimed that former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul has left some secret notes that can potentially create huge tremors in Indian politics.
What is it about?
Rajkhowa, who stepped down as Governor in September, has claimed that Pul, before commiting suicide has written a series of notes titled ‘Mere Vichaar’ in about 60 pages. The content in the notes was so explosive it can rock the political scenario in the country. However the former Governor maintains he has not seen the notes himself.
‘There were four copies which were handed over to police. Whether these are still with police or have been handed over to the court concerned, I do not know.
But some people, rather many people, had the opportunity to scan the pages before these were seized by police. And those pages reveal so many things that if they come out, there will be tremors in Indian politics… what has happened to those 60 pages?’ he said.
He also gave a sneak peek into Pul’s notes stating the former Chief Minister wrote extensively about colleagues who betrayed him. Not only that, Pul had also mentioned some of his fellow politicians who didn’t come from rich background, but became crorepatis in a short while.
‘A lot is to be found there. He (Pul) has commented about colleagues who are supposed to have betrayed him. I am told it has been circulating on social media that he gave comments about all kinds of corruption… he mentioned how certain politicians, their fathers and forefathers who didn’t have good financial backgrounds, became crorepatis.’ he told the media.
Expressing disappointment with the way police is probing into Pul’s death, the former Governor believes the current Government should have done more. Rajkhowa also expressed shock and disappointment when he learned that the case was handed over to a sub-inspector.
‘The first thing I inquired was who’s investigating the case. I was told that some sub-inspector is investigating the case. I was shocked. A Chief Minister dies under mysterious circumstances and the case is being investigated by a sub-inspector? The minimum should have been an investigation by an SP or a DCP. Later, Mr (Pema) Khandu (the current chief minister) declared that an IGP-level officer would investigate the case’, he revealed.
Police clueless about the content in the pages
Meanwhile Arunachal Pradesh Director General of Police S Nithianandan said the police have not yet examined the 60 pages and that they had been handed over to the magistrate. He added that they will find an investigation report in the case soon.
‘The mandate given to us was a limited one – to know the nature of Pul’s death. We don’t know whether those pages are general notes or suicide notes. I have not read them,’ he said.
Pul was found hanging in his room a less than a month after the Supreme Court restored the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh, reinstating Nabam Tuki’s leadership and removing dissident Congress leader Kalikho Pul from the post. Pul was sworn in as the Chief Minister on February 20 after proving his majority in the Assembly. The state had been under President’s Rule for a few weeks until then.
Source: The Indian Express