Cong loses Arunachal, 42 MLAs join re­gional party

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Rahul Kar­makar and Ut­pal Parashar

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.

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