Meanwhile, the Congress blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP Chief Amit Shah for the defection and called for fresh elections.
With Congress losing its ground in Arunachal Pradesh, it is estimated that the growing mistrust and communication gap between Pema Khan and the top rung of Congress along with his eagerness to be a part of the BJP’s North East Democratic Alliance are some of the reasons for the CM’s exit from the party along with 42 MLAs.
“Gross and rampant misuse of money power finally delivered an immoral government of opportunists and turncoats. The mandate of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, who voted Congress party to power, has been robbed in broad daylight,” said Congress’ chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala.
“Ours was a homecoming of convenience forced by the Supreme Court verdict and it had to end,” a close associate of the CM told The Indian Express hours after the defection. As per close to Khandu, there was a trust deficit ever since he took over the office, two months back.
“There was a communication gap between the central leadership and state leadership. This was there since the dissidence started eight-nine months ago. There was no conviction on the part of the central leadership. I don’t think they were happy with Khandu’s leadership,” said a leader close to Khandu.
Addressing a press conference, along with AICC General Secretary C P Joshi, Surjewala alleged that the People’s Party of Arunachal Pradesh is the “illegitimate child of BJP’s diabolical design to decimate democracy”.
Talking about his decision to join PPA, Khandu said that the state as on date had inherited a cumulative deficit of about Rs 3,700 crore out of which liabilities of about Rs 1,200 crore had been cleared out of the resources meant for 2016-17.
“The present circumstances do not give us any space to overcome the burden of finances we had inherited for which a decision in the larger interest of the state was compelling,” he said.