Source: News Bharati English16 Jul 2016 15:17:54
Itanagar, July 16: The fluid political situation in the border state of Arunachal Pradesh took a new turn as Congress party put the leadership of Pema Khandu at stake to save its face in this Himalayan state.
Governor accepted the resignation of Nabam Tuki, former Chief Minister against whom unrest brewed in the party resulting in the installation of Kalikho Pul’s government with the BJP support.
Following the Supreme Court directives, the Governor has asked Nabam Tuki to prove his majority at the floor test on Saturday. But Tuki chose to resign before the test making way for Pema Khandu as new incumbent Chief Minister. Now Khandu will have to prove his majority at the floor test.
Tuki convened the meeting of the Congress Legislature Party in the morning and proposed Pema’s name. He was elected CLP leader. This was done in view of the indication by 20 rebel MLAs who had supported Kalikho Pul to return to the party if the leader is changed.
According to sources, a no-trust motion could be brought against the Speaker Rabia. In such an eventuality, the Speaker will have to seek trust vote of the house.
Earlier, Nabam Tuki had sought more time to prove majority but Governor Tathagat Roy declined and firmly asked him to face the floor test on Saturday. Congress is seeking legal advice to decide its future steps.
In the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Congress has a strength of 15 while Kalikho Pul claimed the support of 43 MLAs. All eyes are on the Speaker’s move.
The BJP is also leaving no stone unturned to defeat the Congress government reinstated by the Supreme Court verdict. However, the picture is still hazy and it is not clear which party would succeed in forming the next government in this border state. If the Congress failed to get the required majority as it did in Uttarakhand, the state could have a government headed by Kalikho Pul.