The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to join the government of Arunachal Pradesh a month after chief minister Pema Khandu and nearly all of the Congress MLAs switched sides, leaving the party out of power in the state, NDTV reports.
With this latest development, Arunachal Pradesh will become the 14th state where the BJP is in power and the sixth state where it will share power with regional parties.
According to The Indian Express, Tamiyo Taga, the leader of the BJP in the state assembly, is expected to be inducted in the Khandu cabinet.
On September 16, 43 of the 44 Congress MLAs defected to the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), an ally of the BJP’s North East Democratic Alliance.
According to Financial Express, in the state assembly of 60 seats, the PPA has 43 seats, BJP has 11 and Congress has one. Former chief minister Nabam Tuki is the only MLA who remains in the Congress.
The decision of the Congress MLAs to join the PPA – the lone regional party of the state – was “conscious and unanimous” and in the interest of the state and the people, Khandu said on Friday, DNA reports.
“It is an undeniable fact that for a resource-stressed state like Arunachal, it has to depend on the Centre for all its needs. It is difficult to make things done at the Centre with political difference,” Khandu said during a press conference.
Khandu was sworn-in as the chief minister in July after the Supreme Court ordered the restoration of the Congress government in the state following months of political turmoil.
Earlier this month, Khandu met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invited the BJP to join his government. According to The Indian Express, Khandu’s supporters are of the belief that if the BJP is part of the government, it will help bring stability to the state.