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Tuki welcomes SC verdict on Arunachal

By The Assam Tribune

ITANAGAR, July 13 - Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today welcomed the verdict of the Supreme Court which paved way for reinstating the Congress Government in the State.

Tuki, who is presently camping in the national capital, said over phone that he has full faith in the judiciary.

�I have full faith in the judiciary and would act as per the constitutional provisions,� Tuki said, adding as per the court�s verdict, the decision of former Governor to prepone the Assembly session was �unconstitutional� and the status of his government would remain unchanged.

Hailing the apex court�s verdict, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Padi Richo said, �It was the victory of the Constitution and the people�.

Chief Minister Kalikho Pul was away at Guwahati in Assam to attend the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) meeting and was not immediately available for comment.

Following is the sequence of events that led the then Speaker Nabam Redia to approach the Supreme Court.

December 9, 2015: Governor JP Rajkhowa fixes the resolution removing the Speaker from the office as the first item of business in the advanced Assembly session, which was held on December 16.

December 15: Speaker disqualifies 14 MLAs of the ruling Congress.

December 16: Deputy Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok orders the removal of the Speaker, pursuant to the resolution adopted by the Assembly, held outside the Assembly hall.

On December 16 last year a special session of the Assembly was held in a make-shift venue as the government and Speaker prevented the session from being held in the Assembly.

Deputy Speaker T N Thongdok presided over the special session that was attended by 20 rebel Congress MLAs (of the total 42), 11 BJP MLAs and two Independents.

The rebels, along with the 13 others, passed the impeachment motion. The special session also moved a no-confidence motion against Tuki. At the end of the session, Tuki was �defeated� in a floor test and the �House� �elected� Kalikho Pul as the new leader of the House.

December 17: Speaker Rebia moves High Court.

January 5, 2016: Justice BK Sarma of Gauhati High Court stays the disqualification of 14 Congress MLAs. The Speaker�s plea for his case to be heard in another court was turned down, prompting him to approach the Supreme Court. � PTI

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