Tuki meets Governor, seeks 10 days for floor test

| Updated: Jul 15, 2016 21:16 IST

Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), July 15 (ANI): Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who met Governor Tathagata Roy here this afternoon, said that he has submitted his representation and requested the latter to give him at least 10 days for the floor test. "I met the Governor just now and submitted my representation requesting him to give sufficient time for the floor test," he told the media outside the Raj Bhavan. "I also requested that due to Monsoon Session and short notice, the MLAs won't be able to reach on time and there are officials who are already outside. Further, due to the holiday, the official activities are also difficult to organise. So, I requested time for at least10 days to prove my majority on the floor of the House," he added. The Governor, however, said that he would consult the legal experts and take advice of the Advocate General, and then he would decide a proper date, said Tuki. The Governor, who recently took additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh after J.P. Rajkhowa went on leave due to ill health, on Thursday officially reinstated Tuki as the Chief Minister. He has also asked the Chief Minister to call the Legislative Assembly session immediately and prove his majority no later than 16th July. An official statement from the Governor's secretariat said in order to ensure that the proceedings of the assembly take place peacefully and appropriately, the sessions shall be video-graphed. "The Governor emphasised that the conduct of the proceedings, including the videography, in the House shall strictly follow the principles laid down by the Hon'ble Supreme Court in its order dated May 6, 2016 in the matter pertaining to the matter of imposition of President's Rule in the State of Uttarakhand (SLP C 11567/2016) Union of India Vs Harish Chandra Singh Rawat," the statement added. A five-judge constitution bench had pronounced the verdict on a bunch of petitions dealing with discretionary powers of the Governor to summon or advance the assembly session. Stating the Governor's direction on conducting the assembly proceedings is unconstitutional, the apex court set aside all steps and decision taken by the legislative assembly pursuant to the Governor's December 9th last year order and said they are unsustainable. Tuki-led Congress government was dismissed following days of turmoil after 21 of its 47 legislators rebelled against the chief minister. Eleven BJP MLAs backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified. (ANI)