Arunachal CM Pema Khandu has proved himself to be an ace player. And that’s how he’s seen in the state.
A day after 43 of the 44 Congress MLAs, led by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, joined the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), Kamen Ringu, chairman of the regional outfit, said he was contacted only on Thursday evening. He added Khandu must have been working on this plan for weeks. But it was only on Thursday evening that a senior Congress MLA came to me, after which Khandu told me that the entire CLP wanted to join the PPA.
“Khandu may be new to politics, but the way he planned his strategy, to push both Nabam Tuki and the Congress out of power, was a masterstroke,” he said. From zero MLAs, PPA now has 43 members in the House.
That Khandu was not comfortable in the Congress even after taking over as chief minister in July was evident as the AICC gave them the cold shoulder. They had a bitter experience in the Congress in the last two months. Everyone noticed that there was no celebration in the Congress camp. No senior Congress leader came to Itanagar to celebrate their legal victory. That was one reason why Khandu, and for that matter, the rest of his MLAs, finally decided that it was pointless to remain in the Congress, said Ringu.