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Security tightened in Arunachal as Nabam Tuki faces floor test today

Security personnel have been deployed in and around Naharlagun town, particularly near the State Legislative Assembly complex
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Ahead of the floor test by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Saturday, the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly at Naharlagun has been put under tight security cover.

Security personnel were deployed in and around Naharlagun town, particularly near the State Legislative Assembly complex and all entry and exit routes were placed under security cover to ensure that no anti-social element hamper the session.

Following the Supreme Court judgement, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Tathagata Roy had reinstated Nabam Tuki as the Chief Minister. The top court asked him to take the floor test to prove the majority of his government in the House no later than Saturday.

Tuki held a Cabinet meeting on Friday and appealed to the Governor to defer the session of the House by 10 days so that he gets reasonable time to prove his majority in the House.

However, Roy asked Tuki to take the floor test on Saturday, as scheduled.

Meanwhile, the political situation is changing rapidly in the state as sources in the Congress party said that a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) is slated on Saturday, ahead of the scheduled House session to prove the majority of Nabam Tuki-led government.

“A section of Congress leaders are projecting Pema Khandu as the Chief Minister, instead of Tuki. The CLP meeting is likely to elect Khandu as the CLP leader. After his election as the new CLP leader, Khandu will meet the Governor and prove the majority of his government in the House,” the sources said.

Former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, who had unseated Tuki in February this year with the help of a faction of dissident Congress legislators and BJP members, claimed that he has got the support of 42 legislators in the 60-member House, where the effective strength is 58 now after two members resigned earlier.

Pul, who has been camping in a hotel in Guwahati since last two days with 42 legislators, also expressed fear that Tuki might try to resort to “horse trading” if more time is given for the floor test.

-IANS

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