33 MLAs of the People's Party of Arunachal Pradesh join BJP

This comes just a day after Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister was suspended under ‘temporary suspension’ for breaking party ‘discipline’.

Just a day after Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu was suspended, 33 MLAs of the People’s party of Arunachal Pradesh joined Bharatiya Janata Party on 31 December.

The main constituent of the Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) government – the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) ousted seven party MLAs including Chief Minister Pema Khandu and his deputy Chowna Mein, under ‘temporary suspension’ from Thursday night for breaking party ‘discipline’.

Earlier today, Pema Khandu claimed that the members of the party were suspended without issuing a show-cause notice to the MLAs. He added that it was due to this political turmoil, there would not be any development in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

In the order issued by PPA president Kafia Bengia, PPA also categorically announced that Pema Khandu is no longer the Leader of the legislature party and cannot exercise any of the powers bestowed on him as the leader of the legislature party.

PPA has also warned its MLAs not to attend any meetings called by Khandu, failing which disciplinary actions would be taken.