ITANGAR: Janata Dal United received a major shock in Arunachal Pradesh, with six of its seven MLA shifting fidelity to the sentence BJP, reads a bulletin issued by the state legislative assembly.
The lone MLA of the Arunachal People’s Party (PPA), Kardo Nyigyor of the Likabali constituency, also joined the saffron party.
The development comes a day before the announcement of the panchayat and the results of the municipal survey.
The JD (U) MLA who changed teams are Talem Taboh of the Rumgong Assembly constituency, Hayeng Mangfi (Chayang Tajo), Jikke Tako (Tali), Dorjee Wangdi Kharma (Kalaktang), Dongru Siongju (Bomdila) and Kanggong Taku of the Mariyang-Geku constituency, the bulletin said.
On November 26, the JD (U) had issued notices of demonstration in Siongju, Kharma and Taku for “anti-party” activities and had suspended them.
The six JD (U) MLA had previously elected Talem Taboh as the new leader of the Legislative Party allegedly unbeknownst to the senior party members.
The MLA PPA was also suspended by the regional organization earlier this month.
“We accepted their letters communicating their intention to join the party,” said BR Waghe, chairman of the BJP of Arunachal Pradesh.
The JD (U), led by Bihar Prime Minister Nitish Kumar, won seven of the 15 seats it contested in the 2019 assembly elections and emerged as the second largest party after the BJP, which had bagged 41 seats.
After the move, the BJP now has 48 MLAs in the House of 60, while the JD (U) remains only one. Congress and the National People’s Party (NPP) have four members each.