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BJP leader inducted in Khandu Ministry
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 ITANAGAR, Oct 14 - Senior BJP MLA Tamiyo Taga was today inducted in the Pema Khandu-led PPA Government in Arunachal Pradesh.

With this latest political development, the saffron party became the part of the ruling dispensation in this politically fragile hilly State. Previously, the BJP was extending outside support to the PPA Government.

People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) is one the constituents of the recently floated regional outfit, North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).

Taga, the four-time MLA from Rumgong Assembly constituency, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by acting Governor V Shanmuganathan in a brief function at Darbar Hall of Raj Bhawan here this morning.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, senior State Government officers, among others, witnessed the swearing in ceremony.

Earlier, Khandu had dropped Industries, Textiles & Handicrafts and Cooperation Minister Tapang Taloh from his Ministry to accommodate the former Education Minister Taga.

Khandu was sworn in as Chief Minister on July 17 last after the incumbent Nabam Tuki of Congress, who was reinstated to the post by Supreme Court following months of political turmoil, had resigned a day earlier just few hours ahead of his scheduled floor test.

On September 16, Khandu along with 42 other Congress legislators staged a dramatic exodus from the grand old party to join the regional party PPA. He had paraded 42 MLAs before Speaker Thongdok who accepted their merger.

In a House of 60 members, the effective strength of PPA is now 59. The ruling PPA has 43 members and BJP 11, Congress three and Independents two.

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