The new government in Arunachal Pradesh will face a test of its strength in the Assembly later today. Chief Minister Kalikho Pul got a shot in the arm yesterday as 8 Nabam Tuki loyalists extended support to him.
After 8 more MLAs joined Pul, the strength of his camp rose to 41 which includes 28 Congress members, 11 BJP MLAs and 2 Independents in a house which has an effective strength of 58 members, though the original strength was 60.
Pul was sworn in as the 8th chief minister of the state on February 19 after over three months of political instability.
The 8 MLAs who extended support to Pul are former ministers Takam Pario, Gojen Gadi, Jomde Kena and Thirong Aboh and former Parliamentary Secretaries Punji Mara, Jambey Tashi, Gum Tayeng and Tapak Taku.
Parliamentary secretary Likha Saaya also had joined the Pul camp on February 20.
“More MLAs are going to support my government as they have realised that the causes for which I am fighting for the last several months,” Pul told reporters on Wednesday evening.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa summoned the 7th session of the Assembly yesterday. The session, which begins today will be on till February 27.
Deputy Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok told PTI that a new Speaker would also be elected as the seat was lying vacant since December 16.
He said the customary governor’s address was also scheduled for Thursday.
“The business of the house has been decided in the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting held under my chairmanship today in presence of its members including Chief Minister Pul, Leader of Opposition (BJP) Tamiyo Taga, Pema Khandu and Paknga Bage,” Thongdok said.
The union cabinet had on January 24 last recommended for imposition of President’s rule and it was imposed on January 26. It was lifted less than a month later on February 19.
(With inputs from PTI)