After the joining of Kumar Waii and several other veteran leaders , people started thinking that ‘will NPP emerge as a King Maker after the election..?’
In a major political development, sitting Home Minister Kumar Waii and Tourism Minister Jarkar Gamlin, along with six sitting MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formally joined the National People’s Party (NPP) here on Tuesday after they were denied the BJP ticket.
The MLAs Pani Taram (Koloriang), Paknga Bage (Dumporijo) and Thangwang Wangham (Longding Pumao) had joined the NPP on Monday, and Wangling Lowangdong (Borduria Bogapani), Kardo Nyigyor (Likabali) and Tapuk Taku (Seppa East) joined the party on Tuesday evening.
Eighteen other members also joined the party, which include former minister Tsering Gyurme, former MLA Tani Lofa and former BJP general secretary Jarpum Gamlin.
Beside them, advocate Tony Pertin, and engineers turned politicians Tarh Hari and Aju Khonjoju also took ride the NPP.
While Pertin will contest from the Dambuk assembly constituency, Hari will be the NPP’s candidate from Sagalee. Khonjoju is expected to contest from Bomdila.
Addressing reporters here after the formal induction of the members, NPP national general secretary Thomas Sangma said that the joining of the members was a historic day for the party here in Arunachal Pradesh.
Saying that the party hopes to field candidates in 35 to 40 constituencies, Sangma informed that the party was not keen on forming pre-poll alliance with any political party.
“Our aim and objective is to try and be able to form the NPP-led government on our own in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, and we will move forward with this objective in the coming days,” he said.
Lauding Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma for his leadership and for bringing the Northeast to the forefront, Waii also advocated for forming an NPP-led government in Arunachal.
Waii also said that he has lost faith in the ideologies of the BJP, and accused the BJP of playing “family politics.”
Hinting towards denial of party tickets to Tapuk Taku and Jarpum Gamlin, Waii said those who joined recently were given the party tickets, while long-time members and workers were sidelined.
“If this is Modi’s vision then fine, but if it is Pema Khandu’s vision then the BJP can never move forward,” Waii said.