In a sudden development Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has been suspended by his party — the People’s Party of Arunachal Pradesh (PPA) for alleged anti-party activities. In a late night move on Thursday, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and five other party MLAs too have been suspended from the primary membership of the party.
Khandu had taken over as the CM of Arunachal Pradesh in July after the Supreme Court order reinstated the Congress government in the state.
According to reports, Takam Pario, currently a minister in the state cabinet, is likely to be the next Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
PPA President Kahfa Bengia in an order stated that after the resolution adopted in the state executive committee meeting held on December 20, the MLAs are placed under suspension temporarily from the primary membership with immediate effect pending initiation of disciplinary proceedings.
Bengia said prima facie he was satisfied with the proofs of their indulgence in gross “anti-party” activities. The order further stated that with the suspension, Khandu ceased to be the leader of the PPA Legislature Party.
He has now directed the party MLAs and PPA functionaries not to attend any meeting called by Khandu and said that any members failing to comply with the order would have to face disciplinary action of the party.
The five MLAs suspended are Jambey Tashi (Lumla), Passang Dorjee Sona (Mechuka), Chow Tewa Mein (Chowkham), Zingnu Namchom (Namsai) and Kamlung Mossang (Miao).
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.
Soon after, the Congress rebels led by late Kalhiko Pul, who committed suicide in August, had 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.
However, there was another twist in the tale on September 16, with the ruling Congress party suffering a vertical split with all but former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki junking the party to join the PPA.