The Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh is all set to fall as after almost all of its lawmakers in the state, including chief minister Pema Khandu, have joined the local People’s Party of Arunachal.
Only 1 of 45 Congress lawmakers remains in the party. That is Nabam Tuki, who was replaced as Chief Minister when the Congress, in an effort to control the rebellion in its ranks, replaced him with Khandu in July.
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The development comes within two months after the Supreme Court stepped in to restore the state government.
People’s Party of Arunachal is an ally of the BJP.
“The prodigal sons of Congress who have jumped ship have made massive ideological and political blunder and compromise,” said Congress spokesperson Randip Singh Surjewala.
In an assembly of 60 members, the Congress had 44 lawmakers and 11 members are from the BJP. Two independent lawmakers who supported the Congress have also joined the People’s Party.
Khandu was sworn in as the ninth chief minister on July 17 after months of political turmoil in the state.
“The BJP has nothing to do with this. The Congress shouldn’t blame the BJP for its own failure. If the chief minister and ministers have to wait for days to meet their own leadership in Delhi, how can they stay in such a party?” said Union Minister Kiren Rijiju.
In July, the SC had reinstated the Nabam Tuki-led Congress government in the state after a spell of President’s Rule. The SC judgement effectively removed the government led by rebel Congress leader Kalikho Pul which was sworn in February with the support of 18 dissident Congress MLAs and two independents, and 11 BJP MLAs who gave outside support. The SC’s judgement was considered historic.
However, Congress MLA Pema Khandu soon replaced the unpopular Tuki as the chief minister.
The Congress has 44 members in the 60-member Arunachal Assembly at present.
PPA, a regional political party, was founded in 1979. Late Chief Minister Pul, along with 25 other Congress legislators from the Tuki government, had joined PPA in February.