Seven months after it was laid-off from Arunachal Pradesh, the Congress is back in charge in the state after the Supreme Court on Wednesday turned back called its dismissal “illegal and unconstitutional.” The party’s Nabam Tuki resumed office as Chief Minister from the state guest house in Delhi. Earlier in the day, he had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The court said those decision were “violative” of the Constitution. The apex court’s verdict came as a shot in the arm for the Congress, and paved the way for the return of its dismissed government headed by Nabam Tuki.
Away from the celebrations in the Congress camp, party leaders were putting in place a Plan B — this one aimed at ensuring that the judgment does not remain only a emblematic victory but also translates into a stable Congress-led government in the state. For, as a senior Congress leader admitted, the party does not have the numbers “so far” to ensure that Tuki passes the floor test whenever it happens.
Sources in the Congress claimed Tuki is “open to the idea” of making way for anybody other than “2-3 names” who opposed him bitterly and were responsible for fomenting the Constitutional crisis in the state.