In a surprising note, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju disclosed that he was offered the post of Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh but he declined as he did not want to get involved in state politics.
‘Chief Minister Kalikho Pul offered me the post first but I declined, he wanted me to lead the new government but I did not want to switch at this point of time,’ Rijiju stated, ‘As I have been given a mandate to represent the people of the State in Parliament and I am doing my duty.’
‘I politely turned down the offer of Kalikho Pul and his team saying that I don’t want get involved in the state politics,’ Union Minister revealed, ‘I will not come back to the Legislative Assembly’s affairs and will continue to be in Delhi.’
Rijiju further added that even though he is not involved in the state political affairs but he is focussed towards the development and welfare of common people, ‘In this regard, all possible help would be provided by the Centre to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.’
‘Who became the Chief Minister and who runs the State is not important for me. I have been given mandate by the people and I care for them. Which party rules the State does not make any difference to me. My perception is my conduct,’ Rijiju pointed out.