President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh lifted

New Delhi

With the Supreme Court paving the way for government formation, President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh was lifted on Friday that could usher in a new dispensation headed by dissident Congress leader Kalikho Pul.

President Pranab Mukherjee approved the Union Cabinet’s recommendation for revocation of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, a home ministry official said.

Kalikho pul
Kalikho Pul

The President’s nod came after the last ditch effort by deposed chief minister Nabam Tuki seeking an interim direction that his party be allowed to go for a floor test in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly to prove majority was rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday.

The Union Cabinet had recommended the withdrawal of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday after Pul, accompanied by 31 MLAs- including Congress rebels- BJP and independents met governor J P Rajkhowa and staked claim to form a new government.

A revolt by Congress dissidents, led by Pul resulted in a political crisis in the state. President’s rule was imposed on January 26.

Tuki reportedly has the support of 26 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly.

Congress, which had 47 MLAs, suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers revolted against Tuki’s leadership.

Eleven BJP MLAs and two independents backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government.

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Pul with his supporting MLAs

Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified by the speaker.

The Supreme Court was considering pleas against imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh and hearing petitions seeking examination of constitutional schemes on the scope of discretionary powers of the governor.

After the Centre’s recommendation for withdrawal of President’s rule, Congress moved to the Supreme Court and got an order for maintenance of status quo in the crisis-ridden state till it examined judicial and assembly records on disqualification of 14 rebel Congress MLAs by former speaker Nabam Rebia.

However, on Thursday, the apex court paved the way for government formation in Arunachal Pradesh by vacating its order on maintenance of status quo, after being satisfied with the Gauhati high court order staying the disqualification of the 14 rebel Congress MLAs.

Congress again moved the Supreme Court on Friday but the Supreme Court rejected its plea for an interim direction that it be allowed to go in for a floor test in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly.


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