Arunachal Pradesh became the 14th state which is led by BJP. The government is formed after BJP joined hand with the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA). The party was supporting the PPA government from outside for a month.
This is the second time in 13 years that BJP has been in power in the frontier state. In 2003, Arunachal's longest-serving CM Gegong Apang had headed a BJP-led coalition government for 42 days.
BJP functionary in the assembly Tamiyo Taga was sworn in as a member of CM Pema Khandu's ministry by governor V Shanmuganathan. Khandu dropped industries, textiles and handicrafts and cooperation minister Tapang Taloh to accommodate Taga in his cabinet.
With this, Arunachal has become the third state in the northeast after Assam and Nagaland to be ruled by BJP in alliance with regional outfits that are part of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).
NEDA convener and BJP strongman in Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "After Khandu and his men quit Congress and joined PPA, BJP gave outside support to the government. Now to be part of the government is a symbolic message."