CM Tuki seeks time for floor test; Governor turns it down

RSTV Bureau
Nabam Tuki   after taking charge of Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh at  Arunachal Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. The Congress government headed by Nabam Tuki will be restored in Arunachal Pradesh in the wake of the Supreme Court judgement quashing all decisions of the Governor which had precipitated its fall in December last Photo-PTI

Nabam Tuki after taking charge of Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh at Arunachal Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday (July 13, 2016). The Congress government headed by Nabam Tuki will be restored in Arunachal Pradesh in the wake of the Supreme Court judgement quashing all decisions of the Governor which had precipitated its fall in December last
Photo-PTI

Tathagata Roy, officiating as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, has refused reinstated Chief Minister Nabam Tuki more time for test. Hours after the Congress leader met him seeking postponement of the floor test by at least ten days, the latter rejecting his demand stated to prove his numbers on Saturday.

Nabam Tuki was reinstated as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday after what is termed as historic Supreme Court judgement.

“I requested time for 10 days at least to prove my majority on the floor of the House. Governor said he will consult with legal experts, take advice of the Advocate General and decide appropriately,” Tuki said after his meeting with the Governor.

On Thursday, the Governor had asked Tuki to call the assembly session immediately and prove his majority in the house by July 16.

In a major setback to BJP and the Centre, Tuki was restored to the CM’s post in the state by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The apex court ordered restoration of the Congress government, saying the “clock should be turned back”, as it quashed all decisions of Governor Rajkhowa that precipitated its fall in January, holding them “violative” of the Constitution.

Tuki led a Congress government that fell in January this year after the controversial role played by Governor J P Rajkhowa.

Meanwhile, Speaker Nabam Rebia said it would not be possible for them to convene a session of the Assembly at such a short notice.

“There is an established system (for convening session). A letter has to come from the parliamentary affairs department and we will have to issue summons,” he said.

Yesterday too, the Speaker said it is difficult to call a session in such a short time.

“I have received the Governor’s order asking the state government to go for floor test on July 16 which is practically impossible keeping in mind the uneven topography and inclement weather besides the communication bottlenecks in the state,” he told reporters.

Meanwhile, Kalikho Pul, whose government was dismissed by the Supreme Court has claimed that he has the support of 43 of the 60 MLAs in the Arunachal Assembly.

“We need to see the facts very carefully. The SC has not directed that the party composition shall be restored as on December 15. Accordingly, the party composition of the Arunachal Assembly is Congress – 15, PPA – 30, BJP – 11 and Independents – 2,” Pul said at a press conference on Wednesday where he paraded 36 of the 43 MLAs that he had claimed.

“With this party composition, I wonder whether Nabam Tuki will be able to win a confidence vote,” Pul had warned.

(With inputs from PTI)