Arunachal: PPA and BJP severed ties over Pema Khandu carrying on as CM
The Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) today described BJP’s decision to sever ties with it was not a ‘healthy sign’ for the region, and said that the bone of contention was Pema Khandu carrying on as chief minister.
State BJP president Tapir Gao on August 10 announced that it has severed relations with its North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) partner PPA following orders from the party’s central leaders.
Reacting to BJP’s decision, PPA secretary general Kaling Jerang in a statement said the party only wanted that Khandu, facing charges of “corruption and criminal conspiracies”, should not continue as chief minister.
He said that the party had earlier written to BJP national president Amit Shah and NEDA convener Himanta Biswa Sarma demanding that Khandu be removed as chief minister.
“There were serious charges of corruption and criminal conspiracies leading to the death of two persons in Tawang shooting incident in May last year, and the 60-page suicide note left behind by former chief minister Kalikho Pul, where Khandu has been named with grievous charges of corruption,” Jerang said in the statement.
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