BJP to join Pema Khandu-led PPA govt in Arunachal Pradesh

This move came just two months after the Supreme Court stepped in to restore its government

Nearly a month after Chief Minister Pema Khandu and almost all Congress lawmakers left the party and joined Peoples’ Party of Arunachal Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to join the government of the state.

BJP’s Tamiyo Taga, the leader of BJP in the state assembly will be inducted as a minister, BJP State President has confirmed.

On September 17, Pema Khandu left Congress on and joined PPA with 43 MLA stating that only way to take the state out of Rs 3700 cr debt was to be part of a party at the centre.

This move came just two months after the Supreme Court stepped in to restore its government. Chief Minister Pema Khandu staged a dramatic exodus of Congress lawmakers and joined a BJP ally, leaving only one member with the ruling party.

In a house of 60 members, now PPA has 43 MLA’s, BJP has 11 and Congress only one. The former chief minister Nabam Tuki is the one left with the Congress. When they left the party, only former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki remained in the Congress.

Earlier this month, Mr Khandu, according to media report, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and invited the BJP to join his government.

Khandu took charge as the head of the Congress government in July after the Supreme Court cancelled decisions of the governor that had precipitated its fall in January this year.

The Congress’s previous government led by Nabam Tuki had collapsed after the party’s rebels, along with the opposition BJP, 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. Kalikho Pul was found hanging in his home in August.