High drama was seen from past 6 months in the Arunachal Congress government when most of it”™s MLAs decided to leave Congress and go with the BJP. But time being, the Congress managed to win trust vote with 2 independent MLAs.
But looks like Congress has run out of luck, as 43 out of 47 MLAs including the CM have merged the party with People s Party of Arunachal Pradesh which is an ally of the BJP. This move has come as a shocker to the Congress Party which is already struggling for its existence in India.
Prem Khandu, who became the CM of Arunachal Pradesh in July has now said BYE to Congress along with his 42 MLAs. He has merged the party with the NEDA (North East Democratic Alliance) which is headed by the BJP. The two independent MLAs have also shown support to the NEDA.
MLA Ringu said “It is a homecoming after a temporary exile”. Many Congress MLAs have said they returned to Congress the last time only due to Supreme Court orders and so were not comfortable with the turn of events. All the MLAs have shown trust in Prem Khandu that his alliance with the BJP will help in providing good governance to Arunachal Pradesh.
The crisis in Arunachal government started in January when then Governor J.P. Rajkhowa advanced the assembly session from January 14 to December 16. The move triggered political unrest and Tuki government collapsed when Kalikho Pul along with many rebels joined hands with the BJP, this ultimately led to President”™s rule. But in July the Supreme Court order reinstated the Congress government following months of political crisis. Prem Khandu, son of former CM Dorjee Khandu was elected as Chief Minister.
The MLAs weren”™t happy with the top leadership in Delhi and suspected foul play after the sudden and unfortunate death of Kalikho Pul who led the rebels against the Congress government. Pul was found dead on August 9th just weeks after he was forced to resign from Congress. These developments had triggered huge mistrust in the Congress Leadership which has now resulted in complete wipe out of the Congress Government.