In a surprise development late on Thursday, Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki sought dissolution of the Assembly seven months before its term expired, and called on the Election Commission to hold Assembly elections along with the Lok Sabha polls.
While the state Cabinet decided to dissolve the House, Governor Nirbhay Sharma forwarded the recommendations to the EC. On Friday, Tuki rushed to New Delhi to apprise the Congress high command of his decision.
Tuki, who took over as the state’s eighth CM in November 2011 following the resignation of Jarbom Gamlin, is understood to have adopted the strategy to take the opposition, which has been preparing only for the LS elections, by surprise. “The Congress is ready to fight the Assembly elections within the next one month,” a confidant of Tuki said.
It is learnt that Tuki, who replaced three senior ministers — including veteran Chowna Mein — earlier this month, does not want to give any opportunity to his detractors to show any dissidence. But state chief secretary Ramesh Negi said the Cabinet favoured simultaneous Assembly elections with the Lok Sabha polls next month to minimise election expenditure.
Polling for the two Lok Sabha seats in Arunachal Pradesh is scheduled for April 9. Notification for elections for the two Lok Sabha seats will be out on March 15.