On Wednesday morning, the Union Cabinet recommended revoking President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, a day after the Supreme Court refused to restrain the Governor from swearing in a new government in the state.
According to sources the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, agreed that the decision to revoke the Constitutional provision was a matter between the Governor and the President. However sources also revealed that the cabinet agreed on the recommendation to end Centre’s rule in the state which was imposed on January 26.
On Monday, 31 MLAs, led by Congress dissident Kalikho Pul, called on the Governor to stake claim for forming the next government in the state. Pul was accompanied by 19 rebel Congress MLAs along with 11 BJP legislators and 2 independent members.
After Pul moved to stake claim, Congress moved the apex court against the formation of a new government. But the Supreme Court refused to stop the Governor from swearing in Pul’s government.
Trouble began in the northeastern state last month when the ruling Congress, which had 47 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly, suffered a jolt when 20 of its lawmakers rebelled. The 20 rebel Congress MLAs, along with 11 BJP MLAs and 2 independent MLAs had removed Speaker Nabam Rebia in a make-shift “Assembly” premises in a community hall in Itanagar.
Then a total of 33 MLAs in the 60-member house elected dissident Congress lawmaker Kalikho Pul as the new Chief Minister of the state. This political crisis finally led to the imposition of President’s Rule on January 26.
As of now, former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki reportedly has the support of only 26 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly.
The Supreme Court, which is considering pleas against the imposition of President’s rule in the state, is also hearing petitions which examine the constitutional scope of discretionary powers of the Governor.
(With inputs from PTI)