Plea for time re­jected, CM faces test to­day

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Rahul Kar­makar rahul.kar­makar@hin­dus­tan­ HT Cor­re­spon­dents let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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