After the Supreme Court on Wednesday sacked Arunachal Pradesh chief minister, Kalikho Pul,ther minister showed a strength of 42 out of 58 MLAs parading in the house.
While Supreme Court took the side of Congress, BJP insisted that all 42 MLAs are eligible to vote. Interestingly, the 42 MLAs also include 14 disqualified MLAs.
Though, the Congress party cheered the order of Supreme Court, the party looks disappointed now with the increased chances of Pul’s return to office.
Moreover, Nabam Tuki may have to resign, if BJP managers led by Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hold on to their flock.
Speaker Nebam Rebia, also restored to his office by the SC order, argued in the same vein, saying it would take him at least a fortnight to hold the trial of strength.
Also, Acting Governor Tathagat Roy's swift move in summoning the assembly just a day after the SC asked for Tuki's restoration not only showcased BJP’s confidence in his strength but also it showed the anxiety of not letting go the opportunity in hand by number test.
As per the verdict of the Constitution bench on Wednesday, the Speaker will be required to face the trust vote against himself on Saturday itself if Pul and BJP bring a motion against him.