Friday, September 16th, 2016

Congress loses Arunachal Pradesh

Narada Desk | September 16, 2016 1:54 pm Print
Chief Minister Pema Khandu has taken 42 Congress lawmakers in the 60-member Assembly and joined the regional People's Party of Arunachal
Khandu, Arunachal Pradesh, CM

Vacating the seats of Congress members in Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday led an exodus of Congress lawmakers, leaving only one Congress leader, former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, in the Assembly.

The Congress had 44 lawmakers and the BJP has 11 in the 60-member assembly. Khandu has taken 42 Congress lawmakers in the Assembly and joined the regional People’s Party of Arunachal, reported NDTV.

According to the report, two independent MLAs, who supported the Congress, too had joined the People’s Party.

The one lawmaker who has stayed with the Congress is, ironically, Nabam Tuki, who was replaced as the Chief Minister when the Congress tried to stem rebellion in its ranks and picked Khandu as a compromise.

After a Supreme Court decision, Khandu in July took charge as the head of the Congress government. The Congress’s previous government led by Nabam Tuki had collapsed after Congress rebels joined hands with the BJP.