New Delhi: The Centre's decision to impose President's Rule in Congress-ruled Northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh under Article 356 of the Constitution has created a turmoil in the nation. Miffed over the Centre's move, incumbent Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki moved the Supreme Court challenging promulgation of President's rule in the crisis-hit state.
While keeping a check on the latest developments in the state, let us have a look-back at the events which led to the imposition of President's rule in the state.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
- Nabam Tuki has been holding the office of Chief Minister since 2011. In February 2014, the Congress made a comeback under his leadership in the 60-member Assembly House by winning 47 seats. The BJP managed to win 11 seats, while the Independent candidates registered victory on two.
- Tuki while named his relative Nabam Rebia as the Assembly Speaker, he removed many others from key posts. This created political bickering in the Congress.
- The Health Minister Kalikho Pul while leading the rebellious march, accused Tuki of corruption and nepotism. Tuki removed Pul as Health Minister in April 2015. He was also suspended from the party for six years. Later, the court stayed his suspension.
- In October 2015, Deputy Speaker along with other 21 Congress MLAs came in support of Pul. Tuki supporters instantly accused Deputy Speaker of indulging in anti-party activities thus issued notice seeking to his removal.
- Kalikho Pul in October itself came in direct contact with the opposition party – BJP which proposed the removal of the Speaker.
- On 9th December, Governor JP Rajkhowa without consulting either CM or ministers sent a full page letter that read the message to the assembly and give necessary directions in regard to the procedure under Article 175(2) of the Constitution.
- Governor directed that the Winter Session would be convened from December 16, while its scheduled date was January 14, 2016. The Governor also instructed that the removal of Speaker Nabam Rebia will be the top agenda and Deputy Speaker will lead the proceedings of House from the first sitting itself during which discussions and voting would be held for the removal of Speaker.
- In the pandemonium outside the House on 16th December, Tuki supporters did not let the rival group enter the House.
- Opposing the actions of Tuki supporters, 11 BJP MLAs, two independent MLAs and Deputy Speaker along with 21 rebellious Congress legislators in a meeting removed Speaker from his post and passed a no-confidence motion against the CM. Kalikho Pul was elected as the new CM.
- Nabam Tuki supporters then moved Guwahati High Court. The court ordered to stay the decision of the rival group. The next hearing is scheduled for 1 February.
- Speaker Nabam Rebia approached the Supreme Court over the Governor's privileges. The matter was then handed over to the constitutional bench.
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