Pul sworn in as Arunachal Chief Minister

04-07-2016
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New Delhi: Dissident Congress leader Kalikho Pul was tonight sworn in as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh after more than two months of political crisis, shortly after the Supreme Court paved the way for government-formation and President’s rule was lifted from the state.

Pul, who had led a revolt against the leadership of former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, was administered the oath office and secrecy by Governor K P Rajkhowa at a ceremony at the Raj Bhawan here.

Pul, 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 told the media 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 in New Delhi.

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 today.

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