Explaining the developments in Arunachal Pradesh, where 43 Congress MLAs have defected to join People’s Party of Arunachal, Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday said that the change was in tune with aspirations of the people in the state.
Khandu told news agency ANI that after detailed deliberations with party colleagues and well wishers, he has made a conscious decision to merge with the regional party.
“It was a unanimous decision of all the Congress Legislators to merge with the regional political party. Therefore, after detailed deliberations with my colleagues and well wishers, we made a very conscious and unanimous decision,” said Pema Khandu.
Khandu, who had replaced Nabam Tuki following a dissident campaign in July, paraded 42 MLAs before Assembly Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, who accepted their joining the PPA, Assembly sources said.
The PPA is a member of the North East Democratic Alliance, a political coalition formed by the Bharatiya Janata Party along with other regional parties.
NEDA Convener Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that there are no plans to merge PPA and BJP in Arunachal Pradesh. He also claimed that the state has finally become “Congress-mukt”.
Meanwhile, the Congress described the new government as an “illegitimate child of BJP” and blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for the “diabolical design to decimate democracy”.
“Gross and rampant misuse of money power finally delivered an immoral government of opportunists and turncoats.
The mandate of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, who voted Congress party to power, has been robbed in broad daylight,” Congress’ chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters.