ITANAGAR, July 16 - Ahead of 2019 general elections, National People�s Party (NPP) on Monday scored a �big� win in the frontier State of Arunachal Pradesh with seven out of nine People�s Party of Arunachal (PPA) MLAs shifting allegiance to the Conrad Sangma-led Party, which is now heading a coalition government in Meghalaya.
Those who quit the regional party to embrace NPP included Tanga Byaling from Nacho Assembly constituency, Rajesh Tacho (Nacho), Tapang Taloh (Pangin), Nikh Kamin (Bordumsa-Diyun), Tirong Aboh (Khonsa West), Dikto Yekar (Daporijo) and Mutchu Mithi (Roing).
Addressing a press conference at Arunachal Press Club here, NPP State unit president Kicho Kabak along with party spokesperson Nima Sangey told the media that the official paper regarding the seven MLAs� defection from PPA and their subsequent joining of NPP has been submitted to the office of Speaker TN Thongdok.
Kabak also announced that the NPP, being a constituent of BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), will be in alliance with the ruling BJP post 2019 election.
Prior to the merger of seven PPA lawmakers with NPP, the 60-member State Assembly had 48 BJP MLAs followed by PPA-nine, Congress-one and two Independents.