Takam Pario has been elected as the new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh after the unceremonious ouster of CM Pema Khandu, according to reports. The Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) suspended CM Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and five other party MLAs from the primary membership of the party temporarily with immediate effect for alleged anti-party activities on Thursday night.
India Today news channel reported that Pario was elected unanimously by the PPA today.
“We are not happy with the leadership of Pema Khandu, he hasn’t been able to take party into confidence on policy decisions,” PPA president Khafa Bengia told ANI today. “Certain consultations have to be there, but that has been missing. There has been a complete communication gap between party organisation and governance in the state,” he added.
Five other suspended MLAs were Jambey Tashi (Lumla), Passang Dorjee Sona (Mechuka), Chow Tewa Mein (Chowkham), Zingnu Namchom (Namsai) and Kamlung Mossang (Miao). In a statement, Khafa Bengia said he took the decision to suspend the MLAs by the virtue of the power vested in him by the Constitution of the party. The MLAs would remain temporarily suspended until the party completes disciplinary proceedings against them.
According to Bengia, the suspended leaders were involved in anti-party activities and he was satisfied with the proofs available against them. Bengia also wrote a letter to the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly speaker T Norbu Thongdok, requesting him to declare the suspended MLAs as “unattached members of the House and arrange separate sitting for them in the House,” said a PTI report.
Arunachal BJP president Tapir Gao, however, protested the move to remove Khandu. “Pema was earlier unanimously elected, we still consider Pema Khandu as the Chief Minister,” he told ANI. BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said that 12 BJP MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh are strongly backing the government led by Pema Khandu.
Earlier in July, Khandu had deserted Congress along with 42 MLAs and joined the PPA which is a part of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).
(With agency inputs)