Guwahati, Sunday, December 21, 2014

All 5 PPA MLAs join Congress in Arunachal
 ITANAGAR, Dec 20 – In a sudden development in Arunachal Pradesh politics, all five MLAs of People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), the lone regional party of the State, shifted their loyalty to the ruling Congress yesterday. This was confirmed by a senior Congress leader here.

 With their joining, the strength of Congress MLAs in the 60-member State Assembly rose to 47.

The lawmakers who merged with the Congress party included Nikh Kamin from Bordumsa-Diyun Assembly constituency, Pani Taram (Koloriang), Tirong Aboh (Khonsa West), Passang Dorjee Sona (Mechukha) and Wanglam Sawin from Khonsa East.

In a joint statement, the five legislators said that they took the decision to join Congress following “discussion with our people in the constituency” to serve them better.

“Influenced by the people-centric programmes taken up by the ruling Congress Government and to strengthen the hands of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to initiate more such innovative welfare programmes, we five legislators realise that working under the largest and oldest political party of the country could help us realise the political goal while serving the people.

“We don’t find any concept and scope for the development of the State and our electorates under a regional party,” they said in the statement