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Arunachal Pradesh wakes up with a new government under Chief Minister Kalikho Pul
Dissident Congress leader Kalikho Pul, 46 on Friday was sworn in as the ninth chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, a day after the Supreme Court paved way for government formation by vacating its interim order of maintaining status quo in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly. The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa administered the oath of office to Pul at around 9.30 pm on Friday.

Meanwhile the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has said that Kalikho Pul and other 18 dissidents are no longer its members. The new chief minister has the support of 18 rebel Congress MLAs, 2 independents and 11 BJP MLAs, giving outside support.

A five-time MLA and former finance minister, Pul had on Wednesday had led a delegation of 31 MLAs and met the Governor Rajkhowa at the Raj Bhawan in Itanagar. On Friday the Supreme Court rejected the plea of the Congress leaders to go for a floor test, to prove their majority.

Pul enjoys support from 18 out of the 45 Congress MLAs in the Assembly. But 13 opposition MLAs including two independents and 11 from BJP have given in writing to the Governor that they Support him.

Pul hails from the Kaman Mishmi community, a small community which has 2,500 people in the Anjaw district, sharing international border with China.

A series of events led to the rise of Pul as the chief minister. The Governor summoned the state assembly without consulting the cabinet and the Speaker in December last year. The main opposition BJP moved an impeachment motion against the Speaker, who did not allow the dissident Congress MLAs from entering the Assembly premises. This led to the deputy speaker holding a session on December 16 in a community hall and the next day in a hotel.

The house passed a no-confidence motion against Tuki, with 25 Congress MLAs abstaining from the session. The Congress Legislature Party and the Speaker mover the Gauhati High Court and the issue finally landed in the lap of the Supreme Court's Constitution bench. On January 25, based on a report from Governor Rajkhowa, President's rule was imposed in Arunachal Pradesh as the law and order had deteriorated and there was no government in existence in the state.

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