PPA Suspends Pema Khandu, Chowna Mein, and 5 other MLAs from primary membership


Another Crisis looms in Arunachal Pradesh after the ruling People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) on Thursday temporarily suspended Chief Minister, Pema khandu  deputy chief minister Chowna Mein and five other MLAs for anti-party activities. The MLAs include Jambey Tashi, C T Mein, P D Sona, Zignu Namchoom and Kamlung Mossang.

In an order issued by PPA president Kafia Bengia on Thursday, the party also categorically announced that Pema Khandu is no longer the Leader of the legislature party and cannot exercise any of the powers bestowed to him as the leader of the legislature party.

PPA has also warned its legislators not to attend any meetings called by Mr Khandu, failing which disciplinary actions would be taken.

” We had to take action since these MLAs were action against the interest of the party. We will soon elect a new legislature party leader” Bengia reportedly told reporters at Itanagar on Thursday late night.

The latest development had raised the prospect of a leadership in the state as the PPA is likely to propose the name of another leader, Takam Pario, as Mr Khandu’s replacement. The regional party has communicated its decision to the assembly speaker and the Governor this evening.

The frontier state of North-east has been witnessing political instability since last December when Congress dissidents revolted against former Congress Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. Subsequently, Congress rebel Kalikho Pul formed the government in the state in February this year with the help of 11 BJP lawmakers. However, after the Congress challenged the former Governor’s decision in the Supreme Court, the top Court turned the clock back and restored Mr Tuki’s government. But since Mr Tuki didn’t enjoy majority in the 60 member assembly, Mr Khandu was chosen as a compromise candidate of the 43 Congress lawmakers.

In August, Congress rebel and former Kalikho Pul committed suicide and a month later, Mr Khandu and other Congress members merged their party and joined the PPA. Only Mr Tuki remained in the Congress party and two other lawmakers who were fighting a court case against their disqualification from the Congress government were outside the ruling alliance, which included the BJP.