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How the rebellion spun out of control in Arunachal

July 13, 2016 18:08 IST

Following is the chronology of events in the Arunachal Pradesh crisis in which the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered restoration of the dismissed Congress government by quashing all orders and decisions of the governor taken since December 9, 2015:


November 1, 2011: Congress leader Nabam Tuki takes charge as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh. His brother Nebum Rebhai takes charge as the speaker.

December, 2014: Tuki drops state Health and Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul during the Cabinet reshuffle.

April, 2015: Pul alleges financial mismanagement within the government. The Congress expels him alleging anti-party activity.

June 1: Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa takes charge as governor.

Oct 21: Fifth session of assembly concludes.

November 3: The governor orders summoning of sixth session of assembly, to meet on January 14, 2016.

November: Congress MLAs demand resolution for removing deputy speaker, while BJP MLAs demand resolution to remove speaker.  

December 9: The governor orders pre-poning the assembly session from January 14, 2016, to December 16, 2015.

December 15: Speaker Nabam Rebia issues notice disqualifying 14 of the 21 rebel Congress MLAs.

December 15: The deputy speaker quashes disqualification of 14 of the 21 MLAs.

December 16: The deputy speaker says the speaker's decision that sixth session would not commence on December 16 was illegal.

December 16: The Tuki government locks the assembly. Corresponding assembly meeting is held in another building, attended by 33 MLAs. The resolution for removal of Speaker Nabia is passed and a new speaker is appointed.

December 17: Rebels hold assembly in hotel after community hall is razed, vote against Tuki; elect Pul as CM. Rebia moves the Gauhati HC to keep assembly and related developments in abeyance.

January 5, 2016: HC stays disqualification of 14 Cong MLAs.

January 6: SC agrees to hear plea of Arunachal speaker, removed by rebel MLAs.

January 13: SC orders not to hold any proceedings in the asembly till January 18.

January 14: SC refers Arunachal issue to Constitution bench. January 15: SC starts examining constitutional scope of discretionary powers of the Governor.

January 18: The Congress tells the SC that the governor could not have acted on a resolution by opposition BJP MLAs and two Independents to advance the Assembly session.

January 25: The Congress moves the SC on recommendation for President's rule in Arunachal.

January 26: The Union Cabinet recommends President's rule in the state.

January 27: President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh comes under the SC scrutiny. SC seeks the governor's report on recommending central rule in the state, saying "it is too serious a matter".

January 28: Nabam Tuki files fresh plea in SC against Prez rule in Arunachal.

January 29: Centre files affidavit in SC justifying imposition of Prez rule in Arunachal Pradesh, says complete breakdown in State, Governor in danger.

February 1: The SC recalls notice to the governor, says they are immune.

February 2: The SC resumes hearing on pleas for examining the governor's powers.

February 4: The SC takes strong note of a submission that all decisions of the governor are not open to judicial review.

February 5: The SC questions the governor's order to advance Arunachal assembly session to December last year from this January.

February 9: The SC rejects plea of 2 rebel Congress MLAs against a Gauhati high court decision upholding the action of the then speaker accepting their resignations.

February 10: Governor Rajkhowa defends his actions in the SC, saying that the CM and the Speaker were "hand-in-glove" and trying to remain in power despite losing majority.

February 11: The governor can't take away Speaker's powers, says SC.

February 16: The SC refuses to pass an interim order on a Congress plea to restrain Governor from swearing-in new CM.

February 18: The SC satisfied with Gauhati HC's order staying disqualification of 14 MLAs, paves way for new govt in State.

February 19: The SC rejects the Congress' plea for floor test in Arunachal assembly.

February 19: President's rule lifted in state.

February 20: Pul sworn in as CM of Arunachal Pradesh.

February 22: The SC reserves verdict on batch of petitions dealing with discretionary powers of governor to summon or advance the assembly sessions, says it has the powers to undo the damage.

July 13: The SC terms the governor's decision unconstitutional, orders restoration of the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh.

IMAGE: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul. Photograph: PTI

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