The political drama in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday took yet another interesting turn with the entire Congress Legislature Party (CLP), barring former chief minister Nabam Tuki, joining the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), a regional party, which in turn will become part of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).
“We have all decided to and joined the PPA today (Friday) morning in the larger interest of Arunachal Pradesh. Since the PPA is already part of NEDA, we think that is the best option to work for the larger interest and overall development of the state,” Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein told The Indian Express over the telephone from Itanagar.
The veteran leader who had remained deputy chief minister in the Kalikho Pul government too, however, ruled out the possibility of the Pema Khandu government falling in the backdrop of the latest developments. “There is no question of the government falling. It is now a PPA government with Pema Khandu as chief minister,” he asserted.
“Our government now is a PPA government, and Pema Khandu, who led us into joining the PPA this morning, continues to be the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh,” Chowna Mein added. “Nabam Tuki has not joined the PPA. Only he can say why he did not,” Chowna Mein said. Tuki was not immediately available for his comments.