Arunachal Congress
Leader Kamen Ringu
Founder Gegong Apang
Founded 1996
Headquarters G-Extension, Naharlagun
Ideology Regionalist
President of AC Kamen Ringu
Party type State
Election symbol  Arunachal Congress
Alliance UPA when the party existed

Arunachal Congress (AC) was a regional political party in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It was founded in September 1996 as a splinter group of Indian National Congress, when the local party leader and Chief Minister Gegong Apang revolted against the then Congress leader P.V. Narasimha Rao. Apang took with him 54 members of the legislative assembly (of a total of 60) of Arunachal Pradesh to his new party. In the Lok Sabha elections 1998 AC won both seats of Arunachal Pradesh. The party got 172 496 votes (52,47% of the votes in the state). AC allied itself with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was a founding member of the National Democratic Alliance. The son of Gegong Apang, who had been elected from the constituency Arunachal West, was appointed a minister in the Centre government.

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Congress Achievements

  • In the 1998 Lok Sabha elections, the Arunachal Congress bagged all the two seats in the Parliament, in alliance with BJP.
  • Apang and others of the Arunachal Congress attended to the cause of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. They introduced a number of welfare schemes to benefit the poor of the state. They tried to better the harsh living conditions of the people of the Arunachal Pradesh.

The Election Symbol of the Arunachal Congress was “Two Daos Intersecting”. A dao or a sword, is a symbol of bravery, of a courageous fight or of struggle. The Election Symbol of the AC, before it was de-recognized as a political party, was significant, as it represented the conditions of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. People in the state are tough and hard, and fight for everyday living and sustenance. The Arunachal Congress was symbolic of the struggle of the people of AP, and ensured that their demands were addressed and adhered to. The symbol is thus prominent as it highlights the working-class conditions of the people, and the Arunachal Congress’s significant role in the state.