The Supreme court, in major departure from its previous stance has overturned the President’s rule and restored the Nabum Tuki led Congress Government in Arunachal Pradesh.
The decision consequently declared illegal all the actions taken by the governor that caused the President’s rule to be imposed in the state. The five-judge bench that unanimously made this decision also called the Governor’s role in the entire affair a violation of constitutional provisions.
The bench restored the December 15,2015 status quo ante, when the Nabum Tuki led Congress Government was in power.
Nabum Tuki’s government was removed from power following a decision by the governor J.P. Rajkhowa which preponed the Assembly elections and led to the election of a new speaker and subsequent imposition of president’s rule in the state. Rebel Congress leader Kalikho Pul was sworn in as CM even as the supreme court was reviewing the decision.
It must also be brought to attention that this case is the first of its kind wherein a government ousted from power has been restored even after it was replaced by a new government.
This decision came as relief to a battered Congress party and Nabum Tuki hailed it saying that the apex court has finally saved the country and gave justice.