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India: Takam Pario likely to be next Arunachal chief minister

Khandu (R) was suspended along with the deputy CM and 5 other MLAs. Pario is pictured on the left. Photograph: (DNA)

DNA Arunachal Pradesh, India Dec 30, 2016, 07.53 AM (IST)

A day after suspending Pema Khandu, the People''s Party of Arunachal (PPA) is likely to elect Takam Pario as the new chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

Takam Pario, public health engineering department (PHED) minister, is likely to be the next Arunachal Pradesh CM, said PPA President Kahfa Bengia.

In fast-paced developments, the PPA, late on Thursday night, temporarily suspended Khandu, deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, and five other MLAs from the party for alleged anti-party activities.

The five other MLAs are Jambey Tashi (Lumla), Passang Dorjee Sona (Mechuka), Chow Tewa Mein (Chowkham), Zingnu Namchom (Namsai), and Kamlung Mossang (Miao).

PPA President Kahfa Bengia stated in an order that by virtue of the power vested in him by the party's constitution and the resolution adopted in the state executive committee meeting on December 20, the MLAs' primary membership of the party has been suspended with immediate effect pending initiation of disciplinary proceedings.

Bengia said he was prima facie satisfied with the proof of their indulgence in gross "anti-party" activities.

The order further stated that with the suspension, Khandu had ceased to be the leader of the PPA legislature party.

He directed party MLAs and PPA functionaries not to attend any meeting called by Khandu and said any members failing to comply with the order would face disciplinary action by the party.

(This report first appeared in DNA)

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