Rijiju blames Congress internal dissent for Arunachal development

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju blamed internal dissent in Congress for the political turmoil  in Arunachal Pradesh.

Published: 16th September 2016 03:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2016 08:47 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today  blamed internal dissent in Congress for the political turmoil  in Arunachal Pradesh, where Chief Minister Pema Khandu and 42  MLAs have joined a regional outfit PPA.             

Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, said his party  BJP has no role in the latest political development in the  state and the Congress MLAs were "angry with their own  leadership" leading to their joining of People's Party of  Arunachal Pradesh.            

It is the second time this year that the Congress has  been hit hard by rebellion.         

"Congress MLAs including the Chief Minister in Arunachal  are angry with their own central leadership. They have to wait  in Delhi for 4-5 days to meet their own leaders. This has  eventually led to MLAs joining a regional party. There is no  more Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh," the minister  told reporters here.         

The Minister of State for Home said "if the MLAs don't  want to stay with Congress, what can the others do".      

"The Supreme Court also reinstated the Congress  government but ultimately the MLAs' decision is final.  Congress tried to blame BJP unnecessarily," he said.       

In a shocker for Congress, all but one of its MLAs,  including the Chief Minister, today joined the PPA and the  party faces the prospect of losing its government.             

Sources said Khandu, who two months ago became chief  minister in a development that restored the Congress  government, along with 42 Congress MLAs joined the PPA and  virtually converted it into a PPA government.

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