Congress loses govt in Arunachal yet again
Former chief minister Nabam 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.
This entire unprecedented incident led to an ugly war of words between the Congress and BJP. While terming it as ‘Dark Day for Democracy’, Congress Communication Department head Randeep Surjewala, said, “Mandate of people of Arunachal to the Congress Party has been robbed in broad day light. The gross and rampant misuse of money and muscle power finally delivered an immoral Government of opportunists and turncoats.
Sadly, the architects of extinguishing and murdering the very spirit of democracy and Constitution are the BJP President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who rode to power on the solemn promise of ‘cooperative federalism’.”
Meanwhile, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, blamed internal dissent in Congress for the political turmoil in Arunachal Pradesh. Dismissing the claims that BJP top leadership is behind this crisis, Rijiju, said, “Congress MLAs including the Chief Minister in Arunachal are angry with their own central leadership. They have to wait in Delhi for 4-5 days to meet their own leaders. This has eventually led to MLAs joining a regional party. There is no more Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh.”
It is the second time this year that the Congress has been hit hard by rebellion. 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.