Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu along with 42 MLAs joined People’s Party of Arunachal ( PPA ) on Friday. According to the reports, the only lawmaker who has stayed with the Congress is former Chief minister Nabam Tuki.
Pema Khandu informed media that “I have met the assembly speaker and informed him that we are merging the Congress with the People’s Party of Arunachal.”
Mr Khandu has taken 42 Congress lawmakers and joined the regional People’s Party of Arunachal, which is an ally of the BJP. The one lawmaker who has stayed with the Congress is, ironically, Nabam Tuki, who was replaced as chief minister when the Congress tried to stem rebellion in its ranks and picked Mr Khandu as a compromise.
The Congress’s previous government led by Nabam Tuki had collapsed after Congress rebels joined hands with the BJP and voted it out in a special session held at a makeshift venue.
After a period of central rule, Congress rebels led by Kalikho Pul took power with support from the BJP. That government lasted only five months as the Supreme Court reinstated the previous government. Mr Pul was found hanging in his home in August.