Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki on Tuesday recommended to governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa to drop four seniors from the council of ministers. The chief minister’s office declined to comment on the new development, but it is being seen as a move to tame dissidence in the ruling Congress. Those getting the axe are agriculture minister Chowna Mein, cooperative minister Kumar Waii, women and child development minister, Wanglin Lowangdong, and civil aviation minister Thangham Wangham. Reportedly, a large number of Congress MLAs totaling 47 in the 60-member house, have revolted against Tuki, led by former finance minister Kalikho Pul. Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) chief Padi Richo reacted asking how could a legislator, who had been expelled from the party, lead the MLAs. He had also cautioned the senior leaders, including ministers and MLAs, of action against anti-party activities. “It is the prerogative of the chief minister to drop any minister but he has to cite the ground why I am being dropped. There can be differences of opinion but it does not mean that the person who opposes the leadership should be dropped. This is unfortunate,” commented Mein. He further said that in the past one year there has been no governance. “Finance is in a shambles. The chief minister should discuss the financial condition of the state in the cabinet. He should have sought suggestions from his cabinet colleagues on ways and means to improve the state’s financial health but he never did it,” he said.