Trinamool Congress, NCP MLAs join Congress in Arunachal

      The Congress in Arunachal Pradesh swelled its strength from 46 to 55 on Monday with four Trinamool Congress (TMC) and five Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators changing allegiance to the ruling party.

The members who changed their parties included Tapak Taku (Seppa East), Tani Loffa (Seppa West), Karya Bagang (Chayangtajo) and Kamthok Lowang (Khonsa East) belonging TMC; Alo Libang (Tuting-Yingkiong), Ralom Borang (Mebo), Bamang Felix (Nyapin), Techi Kaso (Itanagar) and Jomin Tayeng (Dambuk) belonging to NCP. With this, the party's position in the 60-member house has changed to Congress -55, BJP-3, TMC and independent one each.

The party position after the 2009 assembly election was Congress-42, TMC and NCP 5 each, People's Party of Arunachal - 4, BJP-3, Independent - 1. The four PPA MLAs had switched over to Congress on February 14. The legislators have joined the Congress expressing their full faith in the leadership of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, APCC president Mukut Mithi and CLP leader and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. When asked, Tuki said that they originally belonged to Congress and expressed their willingness to work for the greater development of the state, particularly in their respective assembly constituency following the party ideologies.

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