Congress dissidents upbeat on forming government in Arunachal Pradesh

  • Rahul Karmakar, Hindustan Times, Guwahati
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2016 21:36 IST
Congress senior leader Gulam Nabi Azad , Kapil Sibal , Mallikarjun Kharge , Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki after meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee. (HT Photo)

Hours after the Supreme Court paved the way for lifting President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, Congress dissidents in the state hoped to form the new government by this weekend.

“We are waiting for PR to be lifted for Raj Bhavan to invite us,” an aide of dissident leader Kalikho Pul said from state capital Itanagar.

The BJP, backing the dissidents, welcomed the apex court’s decision on Thursday.

“We have already submitted a memorandum to the governor pledging our support to a government headed by Pul. We will not be a part of the government but provide outside support,” BJP legislator and opposition leader Tamio Taga told Hindustan Times.

“(Former chief minister) Nabam Tuki, whose rule was marked by rampant corruption, is also free to stake claim. No one is stopping him,” Taga said.

Earlier this week, Pul led a team of 19 Congress dissidents and submitted a memorandum to governor JP Rajkhowa staking claim to form the new government. He had the written support of 11 BJP and two independent MLAs.

The Tuki camp has 26 MLAs in the 60-member assembly with an effective strength of 58. Two Congress MLAs were allegedly tricked by Tuki into quitting amid the dissident drama last year.

“Ours will be a Congress government supported by others. The two independents will be a part of the government, not the BJP,” Pul said a few days ago.

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