After SC verdict, Congress’s Nabam Tuki seeks time to prove majority
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Tathagata Roy on Thursday reinstated Nabam Tuki as the Chief Minister and asked him to prove his majority on the Floor of the Assembly by Saturday, an official said.
“In obedience of the Supreme Court judgement of July 13, the Governor has informed Nabam Tuki that he stands reinstated as the Chief Minister of the state on and with effect from that date,” Raj Bhavan spokesperson Atum Potom said in Itanagar.
Tuki has also been asked to call the state Assembly session immediately and to prove his majority in the House no later than July 16.
In order to ensure that the proceedings of the Assembly take place peacefully and otherwise appropriately, Roy desired that proceedings be videographed throughout and the majority proved by division and not by voice vote, Potom said, adding that a note to this effect has also been sent to the Assembly Secretary. Roy is the acting Governor of Arunachal Pradesh during the absence of Governor J.P. Rajkhowa,
“The Governor emphasised that the conduct of the proceedings, including the videography, in the House shall strictly follow the principles laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in its order dated May 6, 2016, in the matter pertaining to the imposition of President’s Rule in the State of Uttarakhand (SLP C 11567/2016) Union of India Vs Harish Chandra Singh Rawat,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kalikho Pul, who unseated Tuki in February this year, claimed that he was the Chief Minister of the state as he had got the numbers to prove majority in the House.
“Even if the apex court has given a verdict, one needs to prove majority in the Floor of the House. As of now, I have the support of 43 legislators (including himself). The 43 include 30 MLAs of the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), 11 BJP legislators and two Independents. These 43 legislators are with me and we are united,” Pul said during a press conference in Guwahati on Thursday.
He said that Tuki had the support of only 15 Congress legislators. However, Tuki claimed to have the support of a majority of legislators.
“The Supreme Court verdict yesterday (on Thursday) directed the status quo ante in Arunachal Pradesh as it prevailed on December 15, 2015. My government was a majority government with 47 MLAs elected by the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Some of our friends have deserted the Congress and joined other party. However, with the SC verdict, I appeal all of them to return to the party fold,” Tuki said.