Supreme Court Quashes Governor's Powers, Restores Nabam Tuki As Arunachal Chief Minister

On January 25, Congress dragged the Narendra Modi led Government to the Supreme Court challenging the Cabinet recommendation to impose President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh. Pul said a floor test would prove the numbers backing his government.

A constitution bench unanimously quashed Arunachal Pradesh governor J P Rajkhowa's decision to advance the Assembly session from 14 January 2016 to 16 December 2015, a move which triggered political unrest in the sensitive border state and culminated in the declaration of President's rule on 26 January. The fate of the rebel Congress MLAs including Kalikho Pul who was sworn in as chief minister in February will have to be decided - but on the floor of the assembly rather than the governor's chamber or Delhi.

"I have taken the charge as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh".

Justices Misra and Lokur read a separate and concurrent judgement stating that they do not disagree with the view of Justice Khehar and added few more remarks relating to the office of the Governor and the Speaker.

Meanwhile, Opposition today hit out at the Modi government over the Supreme Court's verdict on Arunachal Pradesh with Congress President Sonia Gandhi saying it will deter it from "misuse of power" and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal calling the order a "tight slap" on its "dictatorial tendencies".

Noting that the speaker was tasked with the duty to ensure that the business of the House was carried out in a decorous and disciplined manner, the verdict said: "This functioning requires him to have unimpeachable faith in the intrinsic marrows of the Constitution, constitutional ism and "rule of law".

The apex court's verdict came as a shot in the arm for the Congress, paving the way for the return of its dismissed government headed by Nabam Tuki.

Congress welcomed the judgement. Now, the Supreme Court has given relief. "Democracy wins with a thumping majority, Modiji's politics of defections & conspiracy fails miserably", tweeted Randeep Surjewala, spokesperson of Congress.

The governor had directed that these assembly proceedings take place in a community centre with a different speaker to avoid "bias". "He should be sacked for impropriety and diservice to constitution".

Congress should not give BJP lecture on democracy as it had undermined democracy several times in the past, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today.

While a communication from his side regarding his resumption of duty as Chief Minister was sent to Tathagata Roy, acting Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Tuki also spoke to the state's Chief Secretary and DGP regarding the future course of his government after he reaches Itanagar on July 14.

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