ITANAGAR, Dec 24 - The Janata Dal (United), the second largest party in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly, has suffered a major setback as six of its seven MLAs shifted their allegiance to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
The lone MLA of the People�s Party of Arunachal (PPA), the only regional party in the State, has also joined the saffron party.
This latest political development came just two days ahead of the announcement of Panchayat and Municipal poll results in the State.
The JD(U) MLAs who sided with the BJP include Talem Taboh from Rumgong Assembly constituency, Hayeng Mangfi from Chayang Tajo, Jikke Tako from Tali, Dorjee Wangdi Kharma from Kalaktang, Dongru Siongju from Bomdila and Kanggong Taku from Mariyang-Geku constituency.
PPA legislator Kardo Nyigyor, who shifted loyalty to the party in power, is from Likabali constituency. He was suspended by the regional political outfit earlier this month for his alleged anti-party activities.
With this, the strength of the ruling BJP, which had swept the 2019 Assembly polls by winning 41 seats, has gone up to 48, while JD(U)�s strength has been reduced to one. The Congress and the National People�s Party (NPP) have four members each, while there are three Independents in the 60-member House.