Itanagar: Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki on Wednesday welcomed the verdict of the Supreme Court which paved way for reinstating the Congress government in the state. Tuki, who is presently camping in the national capital, told PTI over phone that he has full faith in the judiciary.

“I have full faith in the judiciary and would act as per the constitutional provisions," Tuki said, adding as per the court’s verdict, the decision of former governor to prepone the assembly session was “unconstitutional" and the status of his government would remain unchanged.

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Hailing the apex court’s verdict, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Padi Richo said, “It was the victory of the Constitution and the people". The apex court in its order said governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s decision advancing the state assembly session by a month is violative of the Constitution and liable to be quashed.

All the five judges of the Supreme Court bench were unanimous in setting aside the governor’s orders. The verdict restores the political status quo in the northeastern state as of 15 December. The bench headed by justice J.S. Khehar said the “clock should be turned back" in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Congress government led by Tuki was dismissed after 21 MLAs rebelled against him. The leader of the dissident faction, Kalikho Pul, was sworn in as chief minister on 19 February with the support of Congress rebels and 11 Bharatiya Janata Party lawmakers.

Chief minister Kalikho Pul was away at Guwahati in Assam to attend the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) meeting and was not immediately available for comment.

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