New Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul won the crucial floor test on Thursday. He was supported by 40 MLAs in the house having an effective strength of 58.
Chief Minister Kalikho Pul’s victory in the floor test became almost certain when 8 loyalists of former chief minister Nabam Tuki extended support to him yesterday.
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.
Following this the strength of Pul’s 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.
Parliamentary secretary Likha Saaya also had joined the Pul camp on February 20.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa summoned the 7th session of the Assembly yesterday. The session will conclude on February 27.
In a related development, senior congress MLA Wanki Lowang was unanimously elected as the new speaker of Arunachal Pradesh assembly.
The Speaker’s seat had fallen vacant after 21 Congress dissident MLAs along with 11 BJP and two Independent members passed a motion to impeach Nabam Rebia during the two-day Assembly session on December 16 and 17 last year after BJP members moved the motion.
Lowang was supported by 40 members in the House of 58 (total 60) as two Congress members were unseated by Rebia earlier.
However, 17 Congress MLAs supporting former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki remained absent during the voting.
(With inputs from agencies).