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15 BJP Ministers, MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh join NPP

IANS  |  Itanagar/Guwahati 

In a setback to the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh, 15 of its leaders including two ministers and 12 other sitting legislators joined the (NPP) on Tuesday.

The mass desertion followed the Bharatiya Janata Party's decision not to grant party ticket to state Jarpum Gamlin, and and several other sitting legislators for the Assembly elections.

The had on Sunday released a list of 54 candidates for the polls to the 60-member-assembly, which are being held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls in the state on April 11.

On Monday, dashed his resignation letter to

He was camping in Guwahati since Monday morning where Chief Minister met him and other disgruntled leaders on Monday night.

"Jarpum, Jarkar, and the 12 sitting MLAs of the BJP met the NPP on Tuesday and joined the NPP," a senior NPP said in Guwahati, adding that the party is very hopeful that the inclusion of these leaders would strengthen the party.

Meanwhile, the NPP has decided to field candidates in all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the northeast for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. While the party has released its list of candidates for Meghalaya, it is likely to release its list of candidates for the rest of the constituencies soon.

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First Published: Tue, March 19 2019. 21:54 IST
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