For the past 10 months, Arunachal Pradesh is struggling with political instability. The state is set to have its fourth Chief Minister in a year since Pema Khandu was kicked out from People’s Party of Arunachal last night.
According to reports Takam Pario, a minister would be taking his Khandu’s place, who came to power in September. The PPA announced the state assembly this morning that Khandu and other suspended lawmakers should be considered as “unattached” and seated separately. The PPA took the drastic action saying that Khandu has failed to meet expectation.
PPA chief Kaling Jerang said, “They came from the Congress and joined our party. He has forgotten to visit the party office.”
In September, Khandu left the Congress along with 42 lawmakers, managing a coup that abruptly left the party out of power in Arunachal.
According to reports, Khandu is planning to have a legal fightback with the support from the BJP. However, he doesn’t have the 31 lawmakers to make a majority in the 60-member house.
The political instability started in December when Congress dissidents revolted against former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. The Congress then moved the issue to the Supreme Court, but Tuki’s government restored. However, Tuki was thrown out within few days as he didn’t receive enough majority in the 60-member assembly.
Later Congress rebel Kalikho Pul became Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh in February with the help of 11 BJP lawmakers.
Kalikho Pul, who insisted that he should be reinstated as Chief Minister, was left alone at the last minute when the lawmakers supposedly backing him shifted their loyalties to Mr Khandu.
Kalikho Pul committed suicide in August and a month later, Mr Khandu walked out of the Congress with over 40 lawmakers and joined the PPA. Only Mr Tuki remained in the Congress party.