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Congress dubs merger of 42 Arunachal MLAs as ‘illegal’

india Updated: Sep 17, 2016 16:37 IST
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File photo of Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu at his swearing-in ceremony. (Rahul Karmakar / HT Photo )

Dubbing the decision of 42 Arunachal Pradesh Congress MLAs to join the regional People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) as ‘illegal’, the Congress Party on Saturday said it would like to see how the courts react to this defection and merger.

“The merger is illegal. If you peruse the judgement of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the matter of the Janhit Congress, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had held that merger to be illegal. To the best of my knowledge, the judgement has not been challenged. So, therefore we will have to wait and see whether the courts actually hold this defection to be a merger or as the law stands this merger is held to be a defection and therefore illegal,” Congress leader Manish Tewari told ANI.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday resigned from the Congress and said the decision to resign from the grand old party was unanimous, adding that the aspirations of the people of the state is very regional in character and it was necessary to have a synergy between the two.