Itanagar: As many as 206 members of the National People’s Party (NPP) on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a function held in Lungla constituency of Tawang district.

The NPP members, consisting of both men and women, had backed NPP candidate Jampa Thirnly Kunkhap in the 2019 Assembly elections.

Kunkhap had contested the election against incumbent Lungla MLA Jambey Tashi of the BJP who later won the polls with a total of 1,288 votes.

Interestingly, the NPP members who switched to the BJP are from Kunkhap’s village and its adjacent areas.

MLA Tashi, who is also the advisor to RWD minister, welcomed the new members to the BJP. “The beauty of our democratic country is that every individual, irrespective of race, class or creed, can choose his or her candidate. It gives us the scope and time to tally and evaluate,” the MLA said.

He added that the main challenge of a candidate is not to defeat his opponent, but to conquer poverty, insolvency, scarcity and deficiency of a region.

Senior party leaders, who also spoke at the event, termed the massive shift of support as the victory of the vision, commitment and dedication of MLA Tashi to develop Lungla and transform it into a smart constituency.

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