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6 of 7 JD (U) MLA from Arunachal join BJP, Nitish downplay it | India News

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ITANAGAR / PATNA: Just over a month after being downgraded to BJP’s junior associate in Bihar, JD (U) from Nitish Kumar has lost six of his seven MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh to his ally NDA.
Three of the defected MLAs had been suspended for anti-party activities since late November. The group of six had chosen one of them, Talem Taboh, as their new legislative party leader, allegedly without the knowledge of the JD (U) bosses.
Bihar CM Nitish, who is the national president of JD (U), tried to downplay the split, saying in Patna that it would have nothing to do with his party’s relationship with BJP as their alliance was “confined to Bihar.” . “They (the defectors) have gone their own way,” he said.
JD (U) General Secretary KC Tyagi was much more sincere. “Was necessary?” He said about the decision of the six dissident MLAs and the acceptance of them by the BJP. “What has happened goes against the spirit of coalition politics.” An assembly bulletin issued in Itanagar said that defected MLAs submitted documents, as required by Rule 4 of the Arunachal Pradesh Members Legislative Assembly Rules (Disqualification for Defection Reasons), 1987, before moving to the BJP .
The sole legislator of the Arunachal People’s Party also joined the saffron party. “We have accepted the letters that convey his intention to join the party,” said BJP Arunachal Pradesh chief BR Waghe.
BJP now has 48 MLAs in the 60-member House, while JD (U) has been left with one. The Congress and the National People’s Party have four members each and three are independent.
Although JD (U) has an alliance with BJP in Bihar, the relationship between the two parties is unclear in Arunachal. Both sides have presented candidates to each other in multiple segments and halls for the panchayat and municipal elections.

Times of India

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