Itanagar, Sept 16: As Arunachal Pradesh slips into yet another political crisis, it is suggested that the state will soon have a new government which will be headed by Pema Khandu. On Friday, the entire Congress legislature party barring, Nabam Tuki joined the People's Party of Arunachal Pradesh.
This political circus in Arunachal Pradesh has been played out for the second time in seven months. In March, a rebel Congress government led by Kalhiko Pul walked out and joined the PPA. However, the Supreme Court directed that the Congress government be restored in the state. Tuki, on the other hand, made way for Khandu and the Congress government was installed in the state.
While the rumour is that the BJP may have played a role in this, Minister of State, Home, Kirren Rijiju said that the MLAs decided to merge with the PPA on their own. The BJP had no role in it, the minister also said.
Sources say that the MLAs walked out because they wanted more funds for the state. Khandu himself had felt the need to run a different government so that they get more funding from the Centre which would in the long run help them.
The PPA, on the other hand, has also denied that the BJP had anything to do with the decision. The party has been calling it as a second home coming.
The PPA now has 42 MLAs in the 60 member house. Installing a new government will not be an issue for the PPA. The new government will be led by Khandu and he will be sworn in, in the next couple of days.