"Pul has established himself as the undisputed and most popular democratically elected leader of the state," an official communique quoting the governor said here today. Pul had yesterday proved his majority on the floor of the Assembly with the support of 40 MLAs. The effective strength of the 60-member house is 58.
    
The 40 MLAs who lent support to Pul comprised 27 of Congress, 11 of BJP and two independents. 17 Congress MLAs loyal to former chief minister Nabam Tuki were absent. The Governor expressed confidence that Pul would rise to the expectations of the people, particularly the common man and do everything possible to make all sections of the people contented.

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