Plea for time rejected, CM faces test today
Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki will seek a trust vote on Saturday after the governor declined to defer the trial of strength, potentially setting the stage for a fresh face-off between the Congress and the ruling BJP at the Centre.
The odds are heavily stacked against the Supreme Courtreinstated chief minister, who has only 14 MLAs in the assembly with an effective strength of 58.
His rival and former chief minister Kalikho Pul, on the other hand, claims the support of 43 MLAs including 30 of his own party, the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA). Pul had formed a rebel Congress government in February before his group merged with the regional party. The PPA is backed by 11 BJP and two Independent legislators.
Tuki was reinstated by the Supreme Court on Wednesday in what is seen as a setback to the BJP’s political strategy for the largest state in the northeast.
Pakistan said on Friday it will observe July 19 as a “black day” to protest against killings in J&K, drawing an angry reaction from India which again accused Islamabad of interfering in New Delhi’s internal affairs and backing terrorism. Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif proposed the observance of the “black day” while chairing a meeting of his cabinet in Lahore that discussed the situation in J&K which has been roiled by protests over the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani last week.