The Union Cabinet today recommended revocation of the President’s rule, imposed on January 26, in Arunachal Pradesh, a day after the Supreme Court refused to restrain the governor from swearing in a new government in the state.
31 MLAs, led by Congress dissident Kalikho Pul, called on the governor to stake claim for forming the next government. He was accompanied by 19 rebel Congress MLAs along with 11 BJP legislators and two independent members.
This led the Congress to move the Supreme Court seeking an order that no new government formation be permitted and status quo maintained.
However, the apex court refused to pass an interim order restraining the governor from swearing in a new government in Arunachal Pradesh.
Congress, which had 47 MLAs in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers rebelled.Eleven BJP MLAs and two independents backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government.