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The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Tathagata Roy has informed Nabam Tuki to call the State Legislative Assembly session immediately and to prove his majority in the house no later than 16th July 2016 (Saturday).
The Governor has further desired that in order to ensure that the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly may take place peacefully and otherwise appropriately, the same shall be videographed throughout and the majority as aforesaid proved by Division and not by Voice Vote. A note to this effect has also been sent to the Secretary of the Legislative Assembly.
The Governor emphasised that the conduct of the proceedings, including the videography, in the House shall strictly follow the principles laid down by the 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, a Raj Bhawan release said.
However, Tuki, who led a Congress government that fell in January after the controversial role played by Governor J P Rajkhowa, said that he needed time to face the floor test. Talking to reporters after attending office at Itanagar, Tuki said he would request the acting Governor Tathagata Roy to defer the proposed floor test as it is “not possible” within a short span of time.
Tuki arrived here this evening after assuming charge of chief minister of the state at Arunachal Bhawan in New Delhi yesterday following the apex court verdict.
Speaker Nabam Rebia, who too attended office today, said the assembly needs at least 10 to 15 days to summon a session.
“I have received the governor’s order asking the state government to go for floor test on July 16 which is practically impossible keeping in mind the uneven topography and inclement weather besides the communication bottlenecks in the state,” Speaker told reporters.