The Congress today lost its government in Arunachal Pradesh to a BJP-led front when 43 of its 44 MLAs led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu defected wholesale and joined the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), just two months after it had regained power.
Khandu, who had replaced Nabam Tuki following a dissident campaign in July, paraded 42 MLAs before Assembly Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, who accepted their joining the PPA, Assembly sources said.
The merger would be notified in the Assembly bulletin, formalising the political development that leaves Congress with governments only in Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram in the Northeast.
The dramatic development in Arunachal Pradesh brought back memories of the famous ‘aya Ram, gaya Ram’ episode involving Bhajan Lal who was heading a Janata Party government in Haryana and defected lock, stock and barrel with all the party MLAs to the Congress after Indira Gandhi came back to power in 1980.
Tuki was the only Congress MLA who did not join PPA, a constituent of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) which was formed on May 24 in Guwahati.
Hueiyen Lanpao Manipur Daily 17/09/2016 : http://hueiyenlanpao.com/