Congress loses control over Arunachal Pradesh again

16 Sep 2016 | Written by Supriya Kaur; Edited by Mansi Motwani

Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu, along with 42 Congress lawmakers dramatically exited the Congress Party earlier today.

Mr. Khandu and Congress lawmakers joined a regional political outfit, People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) which is also an ally of the BJP.

Post the exodus, only one member, Nabam Tuki, remains with the Congress Party and the northeastern state will now be ruled by BJP's ally.

In context: Arunachal Pradesh: Plagued with political upheavals

BackgroundPolitical crisis in Arunachal Pradesh

On December 9, 2015, AP Governor Rajkhowa decided to advance the winter session of the state assembly.

CM Tuki sought legal opinion regarding the validity of the Governor's decision.

On December 16, a special session was convened by Governor Rajkhowa: the assembly passed an impeachment motion and removed the Speaker.

A day later, BJP and rebel Congress MLAs showed "no-confidence" to the Congress-led Government.

January - February 2016President's rule and Kalikho Pul sworn in as CM

On January 25, 2016, given the political turmoil in Arunachal Pradesh, the Union Cabinet recommended that President's rule be imposed.

Immediately, the Congress Party moved the Supreme Court against this decision.

On February 20, rebel Congress MLA Kalikho Pul, was sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh with the support of 18 rebel Congress MLAs, 11 BJP MLAs and two independents.

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July 2016SC's reinstatement of Congress Government

On July 13, 2016, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court invalidated President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh and ordered the reinstatement of the Congress Government.

The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court unanimously quashed decisions taken by Arunachal Pradesh's Governor that had led to a state of emergency in Arunachal.

The Bench sharply stated that "the Governor is not an all-pervading super constitutional authority."

September 12, 2016Arunachal Pradesh Governor Rajkhowa sacked

The NDA Government sacked Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa on Sep 12. Despite several indications, Rajkhowa had refused to quit.

His tenure came to an end after President Pranab Mukherjee passed a directive on the Centre's recommendation.

Supreme Court's adverse observations on Rajkhowa's decision to impose President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh had made it untenable for him to continue as its Governor.

16 Sep 2016Congress loses control over Arunachal Pradesh again

Merging Congress with People's Party of Arunachal (PPA)

Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu confirmed to reporters that the Assembly Speaker, Wangki Lowang was informed that "we are merging the Congress with the PPA." PPA's Chief Kameng Ringu said, "There is nothing to be surprised of. This is just homecoming for our PPA leaders."
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Who said what?Political Parties react

PPA's Chairperson Ringu said, "We have faith in Pema Khandu and his ability to provide a good PPA government."

Pasang Dorjee, CM Khandu's confidant clarified, "There will be no swearing ceremony since it was only a change of party affiliation."

BJP State President Tapir Gao said, "The BJP has nothing to do with this" and stressed that BJP doesn't interfere in Congress's internal matters.

19 Sep 2016CM Pema Khandu finds Congress response humiliating

CM Pema Khandu thinks it doesn't make sense to stick to a party that doesn't give time to its own Chief Minister.

Two days after being sworn in as Chief Minister, Khandu left for the capital to meet the party high command, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

He was asked to wait for 3 days, and deemed this response as "frustrating and humiliating".

14 Oct 2016BJP to join Arunachal Pradesh government

The BJP will join the government of Arunachal Pradesh after the political upheaval in the state reduced the Congress's hold to almost nothing.

BJP's Arunachal Pradesh state chief Tamiyo Taga is to be sworn-in on 14 October and the BJP will formally join an alliance with the People's Party of Arunachal.

CM Pema Khandu had personally invited the BJP to form the coalition.

30 Dec 2016Takam Pario elected as next chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh

Takam Pario, senior leader of People's Party of Arunachal Pradesh (PPA) has now been elected as the new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal Pradesh's ex-CM Pema Khandu was suspended, from Peoples' Party of Arunachal on Thursday along with six other legislators.

The temporary suspension came into immediate effect due to pending disciplinary proceedings on these members.

31 Dec 2016Arunachal, the first NE state to get full-fledged BJP government

The dismissal of Pema Khandu from PPA led him and 32 other MLAs of the PPA joining BJP.

This makes Arunachal Pradesh the first North-eastern state in India to have a full-fledged BJP government.

Arunachal assembly already had 12 BJP MLAs and two Independents' support but with 3 Congress MLAs and the 33 PPA joinees, its strength reached to 49 in the 60-member House.

07 Jan 2017Rijiju may replace Khandu to be Arunchal's CM

Within days of CM Khandu joining the BJP with the support of 32 MLAs to form the first ever full-fledged government in Arunachal, speculations are rife that he may soon be replaced as the CM.

Khandu may be replaced by Union minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju or BJP State Chief Tapir Gao.

BJP has refuted these rumours.

06 Feb 2017Nabam Tuki gets relief from SC in corruption case

Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was granted relief by the Supreme Court in an alleged corruption case.

The SC set aside the Guwahati HC order for a CBI probe against Tuki, and observed that the ex-CM was not granted an adequate hearing.

The apex court also directed the Guwahati HC to hear a fresh PIL on the CBI probe.