President’s rule lifted in Arunachal Pradesh; paves way for new govt

President Pranab Mukherjee has given his approval to the Union Cabinet's recommendation for revocation of President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh, a Home Ministry official said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: February 19, 2016 8:39 pm
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With the Supreme Court paving the way for government formation, President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh was on Friday lifted that could usher in a new dispensation headed by dissident Congress leader Kalikho Pul.

President Pranab Mukherjee has given his approval to the Union Cabinet’s recommendation for revocation of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, a Home Ministry official said.

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The President’s nod came after the last ditch effort of Congress leader and 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 stake claim to form a new government.

A revolt by Congress dissidents led by Pul led to a political crisis in the state that finally led to imposition of President’s rule on January 26.

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

Congress, which had 47 MLAs in the 60-member assembly, 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.

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 also hearing petitions seeking examination of constitutional schemes on the scope of discretionary powers of the Governor.

After 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 virtually 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 today 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 to prove majority.

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    IML sood
    Feb 19, 2016 at 3:52 pm
    Now whatCong.,their stooges plus pressitute supporters will do?Ask darna master Kujli their B team leader,perhaps he may know some trick to be pla as he is past master in such matters.He can also advise them how to make a hue and cry by presenting to the people as helpless victim to earn cheap publicity and of sympathy also.
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      Jemma Thomas
      Feb 19, 2016 at 10:10 pm
      Well done SC. Common sense prevailed. Why not congress bring its goons on the road and make a big scene about democracy has been murdered. They know very well that they put the democracy in ICU and SC released it saying its conditions are much better and can move on. There is a limit in our democracy and I think it is time we as nation take control of it and show these KHANgress terrorists who are the maters. When they had 800 plus years of atrocities by looting and pillaging a civilised society we kept our composure and managed to survive with stoicism and now it is time to put these ghosts in an airtight jar and cap it for ever. How long one can keep exploiting a society because they happened to behave non-violent. There is a limit for everything and when it crosses, it boils over. That is exactly the stage country is going through and hope once people get to understand each one's place in a society they take it civilised manner and work towards their families welfare than destroying it.
      1. M
        Feb 19, 2016 at 4:49 pm
        All tactics tried by the Congress Party to remain power have failed.If they now say that their MLAs have been lured ,seeds for this have been laid by in the past by Congress Party.
        1. R
          Feb 19, 2016 at 10:49 pm
          Slowly and steadily congress will be finished from all states .
          1. S
            Feb 19, 2016 at 6:01 pm
            Let there be a good beginning for Arunachal. With the help from Centre, the new government should start working on an all round development in the state. Its BJP's responsibility too to work closely with the government and support their development effort. This is a great opportunity for the state to showcase North East development.
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