SC restores Congress rule in Arunachal

In a major setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday restored ousted Congress Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in Arunachal Pradesh, elating the opposition, which hailed the verdict as a victory for democracy.
SC restores Congress rule in Arunachal
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In a major setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday restored ousted Congress Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in Arunachal Pradesh, elating the opposition, which hailed the verdict as a victory for democracy.

In an unanimous verdict, a Constitution bench of Justices J.S. Khehar, Dipak Misra, Madan B. Lokur, Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and N.V. Ramana directed the restoration of the status quo ante as it existed on December 15, 2015, effectively bringing Tuki back as Chief Minister.

The court quashed President's Rule imposed in the state and all the decisions taken by Governor J.P. Rajkhowa leading to its imposition.

On December 16, the Nabam Tuki government was dismissed in an Assembly session called by the Governor. The bench called the actions of Governor Rajkhowa as "illegal" and violative of the Constitutional provisions.

Commenting on the Supreme Court's verdict, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government will study Supreme Court judgment in detail before making any reaction. 

He said the court had ordered status quo ante from December 15 and a lot of developments have taken place after that, including withdrawal of President's Rule and swearing-in of a new government under Kalikho Pul.

"What requires to be done requires detailed consideration," Prasad said.

Prasad dismissed that "there was any law mismanagement" by the Centre in the case. In Guwahati, Chief Minister Kalikho Pul maintained that there was "no threat" to his government and he will file a review petition in the Supreme Court.

He said a floor test would prove the numbers backing his government. "The government runs only with numbers. There is no threat to our government. That will be decided on the floor of the Assembly." 

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