Five things to know about the SC verdict on Arunachal Pradesh

The apex court reinstates the Congress government dismissed by the centre

GN Bureau | July 14, 2016


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In yet another jolt to the BJP, the supreme court has ordered the reinstatement of the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh, about four months after the party was ousted from power. Earlier in April, the Uttarakhand high court had quashed president’s rule imposed by the centre in the state.

Here are five things to know about the SC verdict on Arunachal Pradesh:

  • In November last year, 21 Congress MLAs rebel against their own colleague and chief minister Nabam Tuki. The party had 47 MLAs in the 60-member assembly.
     
  • In December, the governor JP Rajkhowa passes order to advance the winter session of the assembly by a month. High drama follows as the 21 dissident MLAs join hands with 11 BJP and two independent MLAs to ‘impeach’ the Speaker. Meanwhile, the Gauhati high court stays orders of the Governor.
     
  • In January this year, as the Centre places Arunachal Pradesh under president’s rule, Tuki approaches the SC.
     
  • Thereon, in February, dissident Congress leader Kalikho Pul is sworn in as the new chief minister as he wins the confidence vote after 17 Congress MLAs including Tuki remain absent in the house.
     
  • But on July 13, the apex court reinstates Tuki-led government in the state.

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