Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said Thursday that the Bhartiya Janta Party had no role in the Arunachal Pradesh MLAs, including Chief Minister Pema Khandu, resigning from Congress to join 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).
“The (Arunachal Pradesh) Chief Minister and MLAs have consciously decided to merge with the regional party, BJP has nothing to do with this,” Rijiju told news Agency ANI, adding that,”Congress shouldn’t blame BJP for its own failure…If the CM and ministers have to wait for days to meet their own leadership in Delhi. How can they stay in such party?”
Barring former chief minister Nabam Tuki, all Congress MLAs in the Arunachal assembly resigned earlier Thursday. “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,” Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein said. “There is no question of the government falling. It is now a PPA government with Pema Khandu as chief minister,” he asserted.