The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday, formally joined the Arunachal Pradesh government, making AP the 14th state to have BJP in power. This move also makes Arunachal Pradesh the 6th state in the country where BJP shares the power with regional parties. Reports suggest that Tamiyo Taga, BJP’s leader in the state Assembly is to be inducted as a minister in the Pema Khandu government. Earlier last month, CM Khandu and his supporters had decided to part ways with the Congress and join the People’s Party Of Arunachal. Among the old guard, only ex-Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is sided with the Congress party.
In the state assembly of 60 seats, the PPA has 43 seats, BJP 11 and Congress, only 1. There are two independent MLAs, whereas 3 seats remain vacant. The PPA belongs to the North East Democratic Alliance, which happens to be a part of the NDA. Earlier, in the 1st week of October CM Khandu had met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi to formally invite them to join the government.
CM Khandu’s supporters are of the belief that having BJP as a part of the government would allow stability to remain in the state tat shares a border with China. Arunachal government has been through a mess for nearly a year now, as President’s rule was imposed on the state following the split between Congress and the Tuki government. Although, Pema Khandu was made the Chief Minister following the annulment of the President’s rule by the Supreme Court.