Newly elected CM of Arunachal Pradesh Kalikho Pul wins vote of confidence in Arunachal assembly

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Itanagar, February 25: The Arunachal Pradesh government led by newly elected  Chief Minister Kalikho Pul today won the vote of confidence with the support of 40 MLAs in the House. Pul cleared the floor test in the state assembly, securing the the support of 40 MLAs in the house having an effective strength of 58. Also, the 17 Congress MLAs including former chief minister Nabam Tuki remained absent adding to Pul’s win.Dissident Congress leader Pul was sworn-in as the eighth chief minister of the state on Friday after over three months' of political instability. The President's rule, which was imposed in the state on January 26, lifted on February 19.

On Wednesday, eight Nabam Tuki loyalists extended their support to Pul. Pul was sworn in as the eighth chief minister of the state on February 19 after over three months of political instability. The eight are former ministers Takam Pario, Gojen Gadi, Jomde Kena and Thirong Aboh and former Parliamentary Secretaries Punji Mara, Jambey Tashi, Gum Tayeng and Tapak Taku. Parliamentary secretary Likha Saaya had also joined the Pul camp On February 20.

Thursday's floor test win came a day after Congress General Secretary in charge of North Eastern States, V. Narayanasamy, had in a letter sent to each Congress MLA in Arunachal Pradesh, directed and emphatically informed them not to attend the "illegally called meeting" by Kalikho Pul, failing which, consequences will follow.

Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa has summoned the seventh session of the new assembly from February 25-27. Earlier, the last session of previous assembly was held in a makeshift venue at Naharlagun in December last year. In the session, Speaker Nabam Rebia was impeached and the Nabam Tuki government was voted out by 33 MLAs in the 60-member house.

Earlier in the day, the three-day assembly session began in Naharlagun on Thursday morning with governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa delivering his customary speech described the last few months as “filled with action” that took the state to “this new juncture” and made “positive changes possible within the framework of the Constitution, law and decency.”

“The last few months were filled with action that brought us to this new juncture. In a democracy, peaceful political dialogues, debates, discussions, dissents combined with actions for reaching newer heights of dedicated public service are inevitable since democracy within Indian context is still an evolutionary process,” he said.


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