On Friday the Congress Government in Arunachal Pradesh was left high and dry after 43 out of 44 MLAs, including CM Pema Khandu himself, walked out of it. The MLA’S went on to join People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA). Now just a day after the walk out, PPA Chairman Kamen Ringu said they were caught unawares as they were only informed of the decision on Thursday evening. According to him, this isn’t some kind of spur-of-the-moment decision, but a well thought out one insisting Khandu may have been working in it for weeks.
‘Khandu must have been working on this plan for weeks. But it was only on Thursday evening that a senior Congress MLA came to me, after which Khandu told me that the entire CLP wanted to join the PPA,’ Ringu told.
According to Ringu, Khandu being a novice had no bearing on his political acumen as the CM’s strategy to put Congress out of power was a masterstroke. Even after taking over the reigns of Arunachal Pradesh, Khandu was not comfortable in July. The AICC on their part gave him a cold shoulder and that added to the bitterness.
‘Khandu may be new to politics, but the way he planned his strategy, to push both Nabam Tuki and the Congress out of power, was a masterstroke.
He was not comfortable in the Congress even after taking over as chief minister in July was evident as the AICC gave them the cold shoulder. They had a bitter experience in the Congress in the last two months. Everyone noticed that there was no celebration in the Congress camp. No senior Congress leader came to Itanagar to celebrate their legal victory. That was one reason why Khandu, and for that matter the rest of his MLAs, finally decided that it was pointless to remain in the Congress,’ said Ringu.
He also asserted that former CM Kalikho Pul too didn’t want to return to the Congress but was left with no choice. Pul returned to the Congress reluctantly after initially joining the PPA, after all his supporters landed up at the Congress office on July 15.
Meanwhile state BJP President Tapir Gao said that the dissident MLASs have not approached the BJP and have chalked out their own strategy.
‘While we never initiated any move, they too did not come to us. The decision to join PPA was their own. But yes, we are happy because the PPA is part of NEDA,’ Gao said