BJP in Arunachal Pradesh will join Chief Minister Pema Khandu led-Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) today. The saffron party’s leader in the state assembly, Tamiyo Taga, is likely to be inducted into the Pema Khandu government at a swearing in ceremony at 11.30am at Raj Bhawan in Itanagar. Industries minister Tapang Taloh is likely to be removed from the cabinet to make way for Taga, a source said.
This major coalition came nearly a month after Khandu and 42 other MLAs of the Congress switched sides and, merged with former chief minister Kalikho Pul’s regional party PPA.
In Mid-September, Khandu resigning from the Congress party with 42 other MLAs, stating that the decision to resign was unanimous, adding that the aspiration of the people of state is very regional in character and it was necessary to have a synergy between the two.
The BJP has 11 members in the 60-member state assembly.
“We are happy with the BJP deciding to join our government. It will make the government stronger and also put an end to speculations that Khandu and others could join the BJP,” PPA chairman Kamen Ringu said.
This not the first time Arunachal Pradesh has witnessed political drama this year. In February, senior minister Pul deserted the Congress government of Nabam Tuki with 24 MLAs to form a PPA government.
His government was, however, removed after a Supreme Court verdict reinstated Tuki. But with most Congress MLAs backing Khandu, Tuki had to make way for the 37-year-old as the new chief minister in July.
Less than a month later, Pul committed suicide at his official residence in Itanagar. Investigations into the death are still underway.