Cong, BJP fight for MLAs in Arunachal power play BMC rethinks 20% water cuts after heavy rainfall WATER LEVELS IN LAKES
STATUS Dethroned BJP CM has 29 legislators; Cong needs 15 more for majority
Arunachal Pradesh appeared to be headed for another round of political turmoil, after the Supreme Court restored the Congress government in the northeastern hill state on Wednesday. Acting governor Tathagata Roy on Thursday asked chief minister Nabam Tuki to take a floor test in the state assembly on Saturday to prove he has the numbers to rule.
The Tuki government could, however, be on a slippery ground with ousted chief minister Kalikho Pul parading 29 dissident Congress lawmakers before the media in Guwahati. He claimed the support of 11 BJP and two Independent MLAs in the 60-member assembly, in which two seats are vacant because of resignations.
“I have the support of these 29 MLAs. So we are 30, half of the total strength of the assembly … In the number game, I have the majority. In a floor test, my government will survive,” Pul said.
That leaves the Congress with only 15 legislators, just half of the requisite majority figure in a House with an effective strength of 58. AICC secretary Jay Kumar flew to Itanagar to woo back the Congress rebel MLAs, who had sided with the BJP to unseat Tuki last December. The Arunachal capital was abuzz with talks about the possibility of horsetrading. Congress sources said the party could call the legislature party meeting ahead of the vote of confidence, and absent lawmakers might face disqualification.
The city might soon get respite from water cuts. After heavy rainfall in catchment areas, the BMC may withdraw the 20% water cuts imposed on the city in the coming week. Officials said the city has met 48% of its water requirement until July 2017 already. Mumbai requires close to 3,750 million litres every day. Since August 29, 2015, however, the BMC has reduced the supply to 3,200 million litres every day.
On Thursday, the total quantity of water in the seven lakes was recorded at 6.6 lakh million litres, close to four lakh million litres more than what was recorded in the same period in 2015. According to current estimates, the city has water for another 177 days. A senior civic official said, “We will take a decision by next week. We might remove water cuts, first in residential areas then commercial sectors.”