GUWAHATI: In politically unstable Arunachal Pradesh, speculations are rife that the ruling People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) will merge with its ally BJP and the government will soon become a BJP government.
BJP president Amit Shah had recently sent a merger proposal to the PPA. “Our leaders in Delhi had sent a message about the People’s Party of Arunachal’s merger with the BJP. The ball is now in the court of Chief Minister Kalikho Pul (in photo). So far, there hasn’t been any response either from him or the People’s Party of Arunachal,” BJP state chief Tapir Gao told Express.
Last month he claimed that the PPA government’s becoming a BJP government was just a matter of time.
The PPA, however, rubbished the merger talk as a “rumour”.
“The PPA is not merging with the BJP. It’s a rumour,” People’s Party of Arunachal chairman Kamen Ringu said. “The BJP is our ally and we are working together. There are no differences or misunderstanding among us. But if the Pul government fails to deliver, say, in the next three to four months, any decision could be taken,” Ringu said.
The People’s Party of Arunachal government was installed in February at the end of months of dissidence in the then ruling Congress.
A group of Congress MLAs, led by Pul, had raised a banner of revolt against then Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, seeking his ouster. Later, all dissident Congress MLAs defected to the People’s Party of Arunachal and the Tuki government was dislodged.
While the BJP has 11 MLAs, the People’s Party of Arunachal has 31.
The saffron party is giving outside support to the government.The People’s Party of Arunachal is a constituent of North East Democratic Alliance, led by the BJP.
The North East Democratic Alliance was constituted last month on the day Sarbananda Sonowal took over as Assam Chief Minister with an aim to ridding the Northeast of the Congress.