President’s rule in Arunachal: A complete timeline of events


By Harshmeet Singh

In a highly controversial move that could bring all the opposition parties together, the NDA government decided to impose President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh which is currently ruled by the Congress. Article 356 was imposed in the state following an emergency meeting of the Union cabinet.

The move followed Speaker Nabam Rebia’s failure to get the state assembly convened within six months of the last meeting, as is mandated by the constitution. Interestingly, the matter is still being heard by the Supreme Court.

Here is a look back at the chronology of events that led to the border state coming under the President’s rule –

November, 2011: Nabam Tuki takes charge as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. Nebum Rebhai, Tuki’s brother, takes charge as the speaker of the assembly.

December, 2014: Tuki reshuffles his cabinet, drops Kalikho Pul, the state’s Health and Family welfare minister.

April, 2015: Pul alleges large-scale financial embezzlement within the government. Congress expels him from the party.

May – October, 2015: BJP leaders support Kalikho Pul. A number of Congress MLAs, including the assembly’s deputy speaker, also declare their support to Pul.

November, 2015: Congress MLAs demand a resolution aimed at removing the Deputy Speaker.

November, 2015: In response, BJP MLAs demand a resolution aimed at removing the Speaker.

December, 2015: Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, without holding any consultation with the CM and his cabinet, advances the date of assembly’s session to December 16, 2015. Earlier, the assembly was to be convened from January 14, 2016.

He also accepts the resolution for the removal of the speaker, as demanded by the BJP MLAs and puts in on the agenda for the first sitting of the assembly on December 16.

December, 2015: It is alleged that Pul asked for money from a state businessman in return of bringing BJP to power in the state.

December, 2015: Tuki government locks the assembly. A corresponding assembly meeting is held in another building, which is attended by 33 MLAs. The resolution for the removal of Speaker is passed and a new speaker is appointed. Kalikho Pul is elected as the CM.

December, 2015: The Congress moves Guwahati High Court. The court puts it on hold till February.

January, 2016: Congress issues a statement from Delhi, says it trusts Tuki’s leadership.

January, 2016: The constitution bench of the Supreme Court says it will examine if the Governor’s decision of proponing the session to take up the resolution aimed at speaker’s removal was justifiable. SC also said that Tuki will continue as the CM for now.

January, 2016: The Union cabinet recommends President’s rule in the state.