BJP has finally decided to join the PPA government led by Pema Khandu in Arunachal Pradesh with induction of BJP MLA Tamiyo Taga in the Khandu cabinet. With this induction Arunachal Pradesh will become the 14th state with BJP in power and 6th state to share power with regional parties.
Pema Khandu left Congress on September 16th and joined PPA with 43 MLA stating that only way to take the state out of Rs 3700 cr debt was to be part of a party at the centre. This move came just two months after the Supreme Court stepped in to restore its government. Chief Minister Pema Khandu staged a dramatic exodus of Congress lawmakers and joined a BJP ally, leaving only one member with the ruling party. In a house of 60 members, now PPA has 43 MLA’s, BJP has 11 and Congress only one. The former chief minister Nabam Tuki is the one left with the Congress.
Pema Khandu’s supporters believe that if the BJP is part will bring stability to the state which shares a long border with China. The joining of BJP is the latest in the series of political development in the state including a brief stint of presidential rule between Jan 26-Feb 20.
PPA is a member of the North East Democratic Alliance which is part of the NDA. Khandu earlier met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi and invited the BJP to join his government.