In a major setback for Congress in Arunachal Pradesh, at least 44 MLAs have resigned from the party to join the regional People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA). The only MLA who has stayed with the Congress is Nabam Tuki, who was replaced as Chief Minister when the Congress, in an effort to control the rebellion in its ranks replaced him with Khandu in July. It remains to be seen whether the PPA will align with BJP, which has 11 MLAs in the House.
Once the Congress MLAs join PPA, it is set to be a part of the North east Democratic Alliance (NEDA), floated by BJP chief Amit Shah in May, 2016. It is currently run by Himanta Biswa Sarma, the BJP minister in Assam.
In the Assembly of 60, Congress had 47 MLAs, BJP 11 and two independent. Status of two Congress MLAs are yet to be decided as they put in their papers before the recent series of political developments that led to first Tuki government falling in January 2016, imposition of President’s rule and installation of the late Kalikho Pul government for a short span. Pul, a Congress MLA and had committed suicide last month, was forced to resign in July following a Supreme Court judgement.
(With PTI inputs)