Congress house tumbles once again in Arunachal assembly

SansadTV Bureau
FILE: Itanagar: File photo of Congress leader Pema Khandu is sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, July 17, 2016. Photo - PTI

FILE: Itanagar: File photo of Congress leader Pema Khandu is sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, July 17, 2016.
Photo – PTI

A delicate house of cards, Congress party has so become in Arunachal Pradesh has collapsed again. In yet another embarrassment for the party in north-eastern most state, all but one of its MLAs, including Chief Minister Pema Khandu, on Friday joined the People’s Party of Arunachal Pradesh.

Congress is just left with a lone MLA – former CM Nabam Tuki – who was replaced by Pema Khandu after the party got its government restored with the Supreme Court order in July.

In the Assembly of 60, Congress had 47 MLAs, BJP 11 and two independent. With status of its two MLAs, who had resigned amid earlier controversy, is yet to be decided and 43 of its MLAs deserting again, the Congress government is likely to be replaced with PPA government.

It, however, remains to be seen if 11 BJP MLAs will join the new government.

The state has been seeing a curious political turmoil since late last year with then Governor JP Rajkhowa advancing the assembly proceedings scheduled from January 14, 2016, to December 16-18, 2015. As turmoil deepened, then Congress government, led by Nabam Tuki fell leading to Centre recommending the imposition of President’s rule. That spanned from January 26 to February 19.

FILE: File photo of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki being greeted by a congress leader at  Arunachal Bhavan in New Delhi after Supreme Court order, July 13, 2016.  Photo - PTI

FILE: File photo of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki being greeted by a congress leader at Arunachal Bhavan in New Delhi after Supreme Court order, July 13, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Soon after, the Congress rebels led by late Kalhiko Pul, who committed suicide last month, formed their government with BJP’s support.

The Congress government was finally reinstated by the Supreme Court order on July 13, which had set aside Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s decision to of advancing the assembly proceedings.

In floor test that followed, Congress comfortably proved the numbers with all the rebels coming back in party-fold, including the dissident CM late Kalhiko Pul.

However, there was twist in the tale with Nabam Tuki tendering his resignation and paving way for Pema Khandu to become the Chief Minister of the state. This was the party’s bid to placate the rebel MLAs who were upset with Tuki.

Prior to the current round of political upheaval in the state, Arunachal saw its Governor JP Rajkhowa sacked by the Centre on September 12. Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan was sworn in as the governor of Arunachal Pradesh two days later.