Master stroke by Congress in Arunachal, replaces Nabam Tuki with Pema Khandu to crush rebellion

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Congress on Saturday played its master stroke to quell the rebellion, which posed danger to its government in the state on a day Nabam Tuki was asked to prove majority in the assembly.

Faced with a real possibility of a defeat, Nabam Tuki resigned the leader of the Congress Legislative Party paving the way for Pema Khandu, the son of former Arunachal CM, Dorjee Khandu, who had died in a chopper crash in May 2011.

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The 36-year-old Khandu’s choice as Tuki’s replacement means that the rebels, whose defection had brought the Tuki government in minority, will now return to Congress fold.

Khandu, a former student of Delhi’s Hindu College, on Saturday met the acting governor, Tathagata Roy, to stake his claim to form the government in the state.

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This came after the Supreme Court had restored Congress government in the state last week.

The Centre’s BJP government had dismissed the elected government of Nabam Tuki prompting the Congress to seek legal recourse in the apex court.

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This was the second time the Supreme Court had rebuked the central government for unconstitutionally dismissing an elected government. The SC had slammed Narendra Modi govt for imposing the President’s Rule in Uttarakhand in May.

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