On 15th of April, 2008, Khandu Government celebrated completion of 1 year in office in a grandiose manner. For the celebration, it was reported that elaborate arrangement were made at I.G. Park Itanagar. Seven huge pandals were erected, sitting arrangements for more than 20,000 peoples were made, 15 executive magistrates and large number of police personnels were deployed for the celebration; even in the wake of reported lawlessness of the Capital Complex. The Celebration Committee even gave open invitation to the local populace to be part of the celebration, in a local daily. Below is the transcript of Invitation published in the Arunachal Times:
The State Government under the leadership of Shri Dorjee Khandu, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, is celebrating the First Anniversary of his Govt. on 15th April, 2008. The occasion will be celebrated at Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar in a befitting manner.
His Excellency the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Gen. (Rtd.) J. J. Singh will be the Chief Guest of the function. Shri Tarun Gogoi, Hon'ble Chief Mininster of Assam will also grace the occasion as the Guest of Honor. Shri Himanta Biswa Sharma, Hon'ble Minister (Health & Family Welfare etc.) Assam, will also attend the function as Special Guest.
Delegates from all over the State will participate in the celebration. There would also be extravaganza cultural programme at the venue. Arrangement for sitting for all participants has been made at I.G. Park, Itanagar. No entry passes and vehicle passes are required for attending the function. All categories of participants will be seated in boxes earmarked for them inside the pandals.
Entries to the I.G. Park function will be as:
Gate No.1 (Near Kingcup School): For VVIP, VIP & Senior Govt. OfficersGate No.2 (C-Sector Gate): For General Public and Staff (without vehicles) Gate No. 3 (D-Sector Gate): For Public and Officers/Staff (with vehicles)
The Celebration Committee of the Anniversary function invites one and all to attend the function at I.G. Park on 15th April, 2008 at 0830 hrs.
sd/-Chairman, First Anniversary Celebration Committee,Itanagar.
Now I wonder, was the celebration for completion of 1 year in office indeed called for, that too in such a grandiose manner? Wouldn't tossing of champagne among the politico peers sufficed for the celebration? How much did the celebration burnt hole in the pocket of exchequer? Or was the expenses for the celebration borne by Dorjee Khandu himself?