Takam Pario, may be the next chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, with a majority of the ruling People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) reportedly backing him for the top post, said Khafa Bengia , the party president. Mr Pario will be the fourth chief minister in the politically turbulent state this year.
Takam replace Pema Khandu, who has been suspended by his own party. Party also suspended Dy CM Chowna Mein and 5 other MLAs. The party president sent a letter to the Speaker and Governor informing them that the CM and six MLA’s have been suspended from the party.
PPA has 43 MLA’s including speaker and is presently a part of North East Democratic Alliance.
But this is the third time that crisis has hit PPA after Kalikho Pul was removed and now Pema Khandu.
People’s Party of Arunachal president Khafa Bengia said the party is not happy with the leadership of Pema Khandu, and that he has not been able to take the party into confidence on policy decisions. Mr Khandu is accused of trying to merge his party with the BJP.
The northeastern border state has been struggling with political instability since last December when Congress dissidents revolted against former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
After a series of dramatic developments, which included a special session held at a hotel to vote out the Chief Minister, Congress rebel Kalikho Pul became Chief Minister in February with the help of 11 BJP lawmakers.
The Congress moved the Supreme Court, which turned the clock back and restored Mr Tuki’s government. But Mr Tuki was out within days as he didn’t enjoy a majority in the 60-member assembly. Mr Khandu was chosen as a compromise candidate.
Kalikho Pul committed suicide in August and a month later, Mr Khandu and other Congress members joined the PPA. Only Mr Tuki remained in the Congress party.