42 legislators along with CM Khandu have deserted the Congress in an another setback to the party. The 2 independent legislators have also joined the PPA. The Congress had 44 legislators in an Assembly of 60 members. The BJP has 11 members in the Assembly. The PPA is an ally of the BJP.

The only legislator who has stayed with the Congress is Nabam Tuki, who was replaced as chief minister when the Congress, in an effort to control the rebellion in its ranks replaced him with Khandu in July. "I Have met the assembly speaker and informed him that they are merging the Congress with the People's Party of Arunachal or PPA," Khandu said.

Earlier, Kalikho Pul left the Congress and revolted against the Nabam Tuki government. He became the chief minister with the support of the BJP. Later, Pul along with 29 other Congress rebel legislators joined PPA. He was the chief minister for a brief period between February and July this year.

The Supreme Court had ordered the removal of Pul as the chief minister. He along with other rebels returned to the Congress fold and Pema Khandu was sworn in as the new chief minister.

Khandu was sworn in as the ninth chief minister on July 17 after months of political turmoil in the state. In a dramatic turnaround in this land-locked state on July 16, Congress replaced Nabam Tuki by choosing Khandu as the new Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, who staked claim to power on the basis of support of 45 party MLAs along with two independents.

Later, Pul was found dead at the chief minister's official residence which he was yet to vacate.

BJP Denies Involvement In Arunachal Crisis

The BJP on Friday denied their involvement in the current Arunachal Pradesh crisis and attacked the Congress party. "The Congress shouldn't blame the BJP for its own failure," Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Arunachal Pradesh crisis.

The PPA is an ally of the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh.

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