Updated: October 26, 2016 12:26:31 pm
Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul, who was dislodged by a Supreme Court verdict last month after being in office for about six months, was found dead at the chief minister’s official bungalow in Itanagar on Tuesday morning. While doctors pronounced him dead, the state cabinet announced a three-day mourning.
Official sources in Itanagar said Pul was found hanging from a ceiling fan in one of the bedrooms of the CM’s official bungalow which had not yet vacated after the apex court verdict had dismissed him on July 13. Pul, a Congress rebel who had assumed the chief minister’s office on February 19 amid a lot of political controversies after the previous Congress chief minister Nabam Tuki was dismissed by a “special session” of the Assembly which was later declared null and void by the apex court, was 47.
While a post-mortem examination of his body is being carried out, an emergency meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Pema Khandu announced a three-day state mourning. The cabinet also decided to give him a state funeral.
Pul, who represented Hayuliang constituency in the Assembly, came from a very humble background. An orphan, he even worked as a night chowkidar while he was in high school.
He broke away from the Congress legislature Party along with majority MLAs, dislodged Nabam Tuki in December 2015, took over as CM on February 19, following which the breakaway faction merged with the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA).
The July 13 Supreme Court order however removed him from office, reverted the PPA legislators to the Congress and reinstated Nabam Tuki. The latter resigned two days later, paving way for Pema Khandu to be the new chief minister.
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