As it happened: Tuki resigns, Khandu stakes claim, Governor yet to respond

Khandu claims support of 47 MLAs, including two independents, expects to be sworn in.

July 16, 2016 11:30 am | Updated November 17, 2021 06:30 am IST

In a fresh twist to the Arunachal Pradesh crisis, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki resigned on Saturday, a few hours ahead of the much-anticipated floor test. Pema Khandu, son of former Chief Minister Dorgee Khandu, >has been elected as the chief of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) .

The Assembly now has an effective strength of 58 in which the BJP has 11 and Independents 2. With Speaker Nabam Rebia and the return of dissidents, the Congress strength has gone up to 45.

The latest:

2 pm: Mr. Khandu says the Governor has not given any commitment yet as he told them that he has to go through records and process their claim.

“Right now the Governor has not commented [on their claim]. No time has been given for oath taking,” says Mr. Khandu.

1:40 pm: Khandu stakes claim to power, expects to be sworn in.

1.30 pm: In total, we have 45 Congress MLAs and two independent MLAs: Pema Khandu

1.20 pm: MoS Home Kiren Rijiju says, "We just wish there is a political stability in Arunachal Pradesh, it is a sensitive and important state."

1.05 pm: There will be no floor test in Arunachal Pradesh after resignation of Nabam Tuki, reports ANI.

12.25 pm: Pema Khandu rushes to Raj Bhavan along with 44 supporting MLAs to stake claim to form new government.

12:05 pm: In case a floor test takes place, the Congress is tipped to win the trial of strength.

11:39 am: PCC president, Padi Richo, Nabam Tuki, Pema Khandu and Jai Kumar to meet Governor to submit letters of support from 44 Congress MLAs

11:38 am: The meeting of Congress MLAs and Rebel Congress MLAs for Congress Legislature Party in Itanagar ends.

11:16 am: Here's a chronology of events in the >Arunachal Pradesh crisis .

11:10 am: Rebel leader Khaliko Pul also attends CLP meeting in which 44 MLAs are present, say Congress sources.

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