President’s rule lifted in Arunachal Pradesh

Supreme Court rejects deposed Chief Minister and Congress leader Nabam Tuki’s plea seeking an interim direction that his party be allowed to go for a floor test.

February 19, 2016 08:46 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 02:08 am IST - New Delhi

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.

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.

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