Cong loses Arunachal, 42 MLAs join regional party
GUWAHATI: The Congress is out of power in Arunachal Pradesh again after all but one of its MLAs joined a regional party on Friday, barely two months after the party’s government was restored by the Supreme Court.
The fresh crisis for the Congress could potentially lead to another prolonged turmoil in one of the most politically fickle states in the country that has seen chief ministers play musical chairs and legislators hop from one party to another over the years.
Forty-three MLAs led by chief minister Pema Khandu joined the Peoples Party of Arunachal
(PPA), leaving the Congress with only former chief minister Nabam Tuki.
The 43 includes assembly speaker TN Thongdok.
The Congress, which accused
the BJP of engineering the defection, described the PPA as the “illegitimate child” of the saffron party.