Congress leader from Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki assumed charge as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday after the Supreme Court gave its ruling in his favour.
“I have taken the charge as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. Tomorrow I am going to Itanagar. Immediately after reaching Itanagar… I will convene a meeting of council of ministers. Subsequently, I will also convene a meeting of Congress Legislature Party… My government will devote itself for the welfare of people of Arunachal Pradesh on priority,” Tuki told media after taking charge.
Soon after assuming charge, Tuki met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi and sought their support.
“I will work to strengthen the Congress in the north east state and reach out to those in the party who have grievances,” said the Arunachal CM.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered restoration of the Congress government in the state by quashing all the Governor’s decisions that had precipitated its fall in January, holding them violative” of the Constitution.
Kalikho Pul, now the former Chief Minister of Arunachal said that he will take legal opinion before taking any future action.
“I will explore all legal options including filing a review petition in supreme court,” he said whil speaking to reporters in Guwahati where he is participating in the North Eastern Development Council meeting.
In a separate judgement concurring with others in the five-judge bench, Justice Madan B Lokur also set aside the order of the Assembly Deputy Speaker who had quashed the Speaker’s decision to disqualify 14 rebel Congress MLAs on December 15 last year.
As of December 15 2015, Congress had 47 MLAs in a House of 60 with BJP 11 and Independents two. Of the 47 Congress MLAs, 14 were disqualified by the Speaker.
The landmark unanimous judgement by a five-judge bench set aside among other things Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s message directing the advancing of the session and the manner of holding the proceedings of sixth session of the Assembly scheduled from January 14, 2016, to December 16-18, 2015.
The prime minister deliberated the Supreme Court order with senior ministers and explored the way forward. PM Modi held a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday evening.
On the other hand the Congress party is planning to corner the BJP in Parliament during the Monsoon session that begins on July 18. It is expected to build pressure on government for the dismissal of Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa who is presently under medical supervision in All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.