Arunachal Pradesh JDU MLA join BJP
Janata Dal-United received a major shock in Arunachal Pradesh, with six of its seven MLAs shifting their allegiance to the ruling BJP, said a bulletin issued by the state legislature. The only MLA from the Arunachal People’s Party (PPA), Kardo Nyigyor from the Likabali constituency, has also joined the saffron party.
The development comes a day before the announcement of the results of the municipal and panchayat elections. The JD (U) MLA who switched sides are Talem Taboh from the Rumgong Assembly constituency, Hayeng Mangfi (Chayang Tajo), Jikke Tako (Tali), Dorjee Wangdi Kharma (Kalaktang), Dongru Siongju (Bomdila) and Kanggong Taku from the Mariyang-Geku constituency, the bulletin read.
On November 26, the JD (U) had issued Proof of Cause notices to Siongju, Kharma and Taku for “anti-party” activities, and suspended them.
All six JD (U) MLAs had previously elected Talem Taboh as the new Legislative Party leader, allegedly without the knowledge of senior party members.
The PPA MLA was also suspended by the regional team earlier this month.
“We have accepted your letters which convey the intention to join the party,” said BJP Arunachal Pradesh President BR Waghe.
The JD (U), led by Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar, won seven of the 15 seats it contested in the 2019 assembly elections and emerged as the second largest party after the BJP, which had won 41 seats. .
Following the change, the BJP now has 48 MLA in the 60-member House, while the JD (U) is left with just one.
Congress and the National People’s Party (PNP) have four members each.
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