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SC restores Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh
Jul 13, 2016

A five-judge Bench, led by Justice J.S. Khehar, directed the immediate imposition of status quo ante as on December 15, 2015. This means that the Supreme Court has in unequivocal terms shown the door to the BJP-propped rebel Congress government of Khaliko Pul the door.

A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously quashed Arunachal Pradesh Governor J.P. Rajkhowa's decision to advance the Assembly session from January 14, 2016 to December 16, 2015, a move which triggered political unrest in the sensitive border State and culminated in the declaration of President's rule on January 26.

Here is the timeline of the events:

  • February, 2014: Dissidence in Congress, Nabam Tuki reshuffles ministry.
  • December 25, 2015: Tuki reshuffles ministry again, drops health minister Kalikho Pul.
  • April 2, 2015: Pull expelled from Congress for anti-party activities.
  • May 18, 2015: Local court stays Pul's expulsion order.
  • July 1, 2015: Former Assam chief secretary JP Rajkhowa sworn-in as governor
  • Oct 7, 2015: Tuki drops four more rebel ministers
  • November 8, 2015: Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh plunged into crisis after 21 of 47 legislators in the house of 60 denounced then chief minister Nabam Tuki's leadership and refused to attend a CLP meeting.
  • Dec 9, 2015: Rajkhowa advances assembly from Jan 14 to Dec 16
  • Dec 15, 2015: Speaker Rebia disqualifies 14 rebel Cong MLAs, Congress dissident camp swells to 21 MLAs
  • Dec 16, 2015: 21 Cong rebels, 11 BJP and 2 Ind MLAs impeach Rebia at special session held in makeshift venue as Tuki loyalist blocked entry to assembly, who abstained from the house.
  • Dec 17: Pul elected as 'CM' by Cong rebels and BJP, HC keeps in abeyance all orders of Governor
  • January 26: The Tuki government was dismissed. The state was placed under President's Rule.January 28: Tuki moves Supreme Court challenging the promulgation of President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Feb 5, 2016: HC stays disqualification of 14 Cong MLAs
  • Feb 16: Pul meets Rajkhowa, stakes claim to form govt
  • Feb 17: Union cabinet recommends lifting of PR
  • February 20: Rebel Congress leader Kalikho Pul was sworn in as chief minister with the support of 18 dissident Congress MLAs and two independents and 11 BJP MLAs.
  • February 25: Pul wins floor test as more Congress MLAs switch sides, Pro-Pul group increases to 30.
  • March 3: The 30 dissident Congress MLAs join the regional party People's Party of Arunachal (PPA)
  • June 28: BJP invites PPA to merge. PPA refuses.
  • July 13: SC reinstates Tuki.


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