Setback for BJP in Arunachal, At Least 20 Leaders Quit to Join NPP
The mass desertion followed the BJP’s decision to not grant tickets to the leaders for state Assembly elections.
In a setback to the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh, more than 20 leaders, including two ministers, joined the National Peoples' Party (NPP) on Tuesday, 19 March, reported NDTV.
The mass desertion followed the Bharatiya Janata Party's decision to not grant party ticket to Arunachal General Secretary Jarpum Gamlin, state Home Minister Kumar Waii and Tourism Minister Jarkar Gamlin and several other sitting legislators for the Assembly elections.
The BJP’s Parliamentary Board, earlier on Sunday, released a list of 54 candidates for the polls to the 60-member Assembly, which are being held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls in the state on 11 April.
On Monday, 18 March, Jarpum Gamlin dashed his resignation letter to the BJP's Arunachal president, Tapir Gao.
Jarpum was camping in Guwahati since Monday morning, where he met Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, along with other disgruntled leaders.
“Jarpum, Jarkar, Kumar Waii and the 12 sitting MLAs of the BJP met the NPP General Secretary Thomas Sangma on Tuesday and joined the NPP,” a senior NPP leader said in Guwahati, adding that the party is very hopeful that the inclusion of these leaders would strengthen the party.
Meanwhile, the NPP has decided to field candidates in all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the northeast for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
While the party has released its list of candidates for Meghalaya, it is likely to release its list of candidates for the rest of the constituencies soon.
(With inputs from NDTV, IANS)
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