Source: News Bharati English20 Feb 2016 10:06:40
Itanagar, February 20: After two months of political crisis, President’s rule was lifted from Arunachal Pradesh which led the way for the formation of Government. Congress leader Kalikho Pul was sworn in as Chief Minister of the state on Friday night.
Pul was administered the oath office and secrecy by Governor K P Rajkhowa at a ceremony at the Raj Bhawan in Itanagar. He had earlier led a revolt against the leadership of former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
Pul aged 48, heads a government that has the support of 19 dissident Congress MLAs, 11 of BJP from outside and two independents, who are likely to be part of the government, in the 60-member state Assembly. Tuki commands the support of 26 Congress legislators.
After the oath-taking, Pul said that he would expand his ministry after consultations with the MLAs backing him but did not specify any date for the exercise. Speculations are rife about the possibility of dissolution of the Assembly by the new government to pave the way for fresh elections in the frontier state.
Earlier in the day, with the Supreme Court paving the way for government- formation, President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh was lifted. President Pranab Mukherjee gave his approval to the Union Cabinet's recommendation for revocation of President's rule, a Home Ministry official said.
The President's nod came after a last-ditch effort of Nabam Tuki seeking an interim direction that his party be allowed to go for a floor test in the Assembly to prove majority was rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday.
On Monday, 32 MLAs, led by Mr Kalikho Pul, called on the Governor J P Rajkhowa to stake claim for forming the next government in the state. The revolt by Congress dissidents led by Mr. Pul led to a political crisis in Arunachal Pradesh.