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

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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.”

HT PHOTO: ARI­JIT SEN

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