Governor asks Tuki to prove majority in Arunachal Assembly by July 16


nabam9Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has been asked by acting governor Tathagata Roy to prove his majority in the Assembly by July 16. Tuki, however, said he cannot implement the order as the time was too short.

The acting governor’s directive came a day after the Supreme Court had restored the Congress government, headed by Tuki, in Arunachal Pradesh. Tuki was unceremoniously made to leave the CM’s chair last December when the Congress dissidents, backed by the BJP, staged a coup.

Tuki, who returned to Itanagar and attended office on July 14, told waiting media persons that he would request Roy to postpone the proposed floor test in the Assembly.

At the same time, speaker Nabam Rebia too said that they need 10 to 15 days to summon a session. “I have received the acting governor’s order asking the state government to go for a floor test on July 16.”

Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad replied cautiously to queries on the floor test. “It’s for the Chief Minister to muster support,” he said. “We are opposed to the unconstitutional manner in which Assembly sessions are being held,” he added.