33 MLAs of the party ruling Arunachal Pradesh join BJP

A day after Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu was suspended, 33 MLAs of the People�s party of Arunachal Pradesh joined Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday.

33 MLAs of the party ruling Arunachal Pradesh join BJP

A day after Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu was suspended, 33 MLAs of the People’s party of Arunachal Pradesh joined Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday.

People’s party of Arunachal Pradesh (PPA) which had 43 MLAs in its fold in now left with only 10 MLAs in the 60-member house.

The main constituent of the Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) government – the People's’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) ousted seven party MLAs including Chief Minister Pema Khandu and his deputy Chowna Mein, under ‘temporary suspension’ from Thursday night for breaking party ‘discipline’.


Earlier today, Pema Khandu claimed that the members of the party were suspended without issuing a show-cause notice to the MLAs. He added that it was due to this political turmoil, there would not be any development in Arunachal Pradesh.

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

The National General Secretary of BJP, Ram Madhav, on Saturday said that Arunachal Pradesh now had a BJP government with Chief Minister Pema Khandu merging the PPA with the BJP.

“Arunachal has a BJP govt now. CM Pema Khandu, with 33 MLAs merges PPA in BJP. BJP govt has 45 BJP+2 ind MLAs support in a 60-member Assembly,” he tweeted.





In September, the party embraced Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandualong with 42 other lawmakers who broke away from the Congress, suddenly leaving the party out of power in the state. The Northeast Democratic Alliance government, which is a part of the BJP-led NDA, then took charge.