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Cong. loses Arunachal as 43 MLAs join BJP ally (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

Congress MLA’s defected to People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA)
43 of the 44 Congress MLAs, including Chief Minister Pema Khandu, joined the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), a part of the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), a BJP-led front.

Background
Just two months ago, Mr. Khandu and his group of Congress rebels had abandoned the PPA and returned to the Congress to form the government.

Mr. Khandu became the Chief Minister on July 16, replacing Nabam Tuki, who in turn had replaced Kalikho Pul after the Supreme Court reinstated the Tuki government.

During Mr. Pul’s four-and-a-half month tenure, he and other MLAs had formed the PPA and joined the NEDA.

Illegitimate, says Congress
The Congress termed the new arrangement  an “illegitimate child of the BJP” and blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

“The mandate of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, who voted the Congress to power, has been robbed in broad daylight.

CM Khandu’s justification for joining BJP led alliance
Mr. Khandu justified the decision, saying the State lacked resources hence they had moved to join the PPA,hinting that his government had not received support from the Centre. He even said that move was initiated to “build better relations with the Centre.”

Mr Khandu said while his party will be with the BJP in NEDA, he ruled out the possibility of the saffron party coming to power in the state. 

Present Status of Arunachal’s State Assembly
The 60-member State Assembly has an effective strength of 57. The status of two MLAs is currently pending with the Speaker following contentions that they were wrongly disqualified.

Another seat fell vacant when Mr Pul allegedly committed suicide. After recent development, there are currently 43 PPA MLAs, 11 BJP MLAs, two independents and one Congress, with Mr Tuki being the lone Congress member.



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