After quitting the BJP, former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister, Gegong Apang on Friday announced his intention to form a new political party.
Apang had quit the BJP earlier this week after remaining in the party for four years virtually in the background.
Asserting that he will not join any other party, Apang said, “I will float a new party.”
Apang resigned from the saffron party through a letter sent to party president Amit Shah on Tuesday. He had left the Congress and joined the BJP ahead of the 2014 general elections.
The 69-year-old leader from Arunachal Pradesh arrived in Kolkata to attend Saturday’s mega Opposition rally at the invitation of West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.
He praised Banerjee as a ‘great leader’ and expressed support for her initiative to defeat the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
Apang was chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh for 22 years in two tenures – from January 1980 to January 1999 and again from August 2003 to April 2007.