21 rebel Congress MLAs may return to the party: Sources

| Friday, July 15, 2016 - 23:00
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21 rebel Congress MLAs may return to the party: Sources

New Delhi: Ahead of the Nabam Tuki government’s floor test which is to be held tomorrow, it is being reported that the 21 rebel MLAs may return to the party, according to sources.  
The Arunachal Pradesh acting Governor Tathagata Roy on Friday asked Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to prove his majority on the floor of the House on 16th July. However, earlier today, Tuki had sought 10 days more time to prove majority in the floor test, which the acting Governor turned down.
On Wednesday, Nabam Tuki had once again taken charge as Chief Minister of the state at Arunachal Bhavan in Delhi.
In a major setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court had on Wednesday directed the restoration of ousted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in Arunachal Pradesh and quashed Governor J.P. Rajkhowa's decision to advance the assembly session by a month. The court said the Governor "cannot interfere in the activities of the Assembly".
The Congress, which had 47 MLAs seats in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers rebelled. Eleven BJP MLAs backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified.


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