DISSIDENT ARUNACHAL Pradesh Congress leader Kalikho Pul has sought an appointment with Governor J P Rajkhowa to stake claim to form government in the state. Deposed Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, however, said it would be a murder of democracy once the Governor actually invited Pul to form the government.
“Kalikho Pul has written a letter to the Governor seeking his appointment to stake claim to form the government. He has the support of 32 MLAs including 11 BJP and two Independent legislators. We are confident that the Governor will invite him to form the government,” a senior leader of the dissident Congress camp told The Indian Express on Sunday. Pul would also be able to “easily” sail through a floor test, he added.
Governor Rajkhowa, who has been facing a number of questions about his Constitutional powers to summon an assembly session without the advice of the council of ministers, however, is currently not in Itanagar.
Meanwhile, Tuki reiterated his stand that the BJP was out to install a “khichdi” government in the state by violating the Constitution. “There is no Constitutional provision to allow a dissident faction of the majority party to form the government. It is the Congress Legislature Party which had elected me. With 14 of the dissidents disqualified by the Speaker, I still enjoy support of the majority in the CLP,” Tuki told The Indian Express over the telephone from New Delhi.
“The Centre has a gameplan to pull down all non-BJP governments one by one. They are currently experimenting with Arunachal Pradesh. Once they manage to do something in our state, they will extend the plan to other states. It is a highly unconstitutional and illegal move. The Centre should also respect the Supreme Court which is currently hearing the matter,” he said.