President’s rule lifted in Arunachal Pradesh

NEW DELHI(PTI): 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.

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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.

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 Mr. Pul, accompanied by 31 MLAs, including Congress rebels, met Governor J.P. Rajkhowa and staked claim to form a new government.

A revolt by Congress dissidents led by Mr. Pul led to a political crisis in the State that finally led to imposition of President’s rule on January 26, 2016.

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.