Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh acting governor Tathagata Roy has asked chief minister Nabam Tuki to take a floor test by 16 July to prove his majority in the state assembly.

Tuki was restored as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. However, Tuki, who led a Congress government that fell in January after a controversial role played by governor J.P. Rajkhowa, said he needed time to face the floor test.

Talking to reporters after attending office, Tuki said he would request Tathagata Roy to defer the proposed floor test as it is “not possible" within a short span of time.

The governor in a communique told Tuki that in obedience to the Supreme Court verdict he has been reinstated as chief minister of the state with effect from Wednesday. He also asked the chief minister to call the assembly session immediately and prove his majority in the house by 16 July.

The communique said in order to ensure peaceful proceedings, the floor test should be videographed throughout and the majority proved by division and not by voice vote.

Roy further emphasized that the conduct of the proceedings, including the videography in the house, should strictly follow the principles laid down by the Supreme Court in its order of 6 May regarding imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand, a Raj Bhawan statement said. A note to this effect has also been sent to the assembly secretariat, it said.

Tuki arrived in Itanagar on Thursday evening after assuming charge of chief minister of the state at Arunachal Bhawan in New Delhi a day earlier, following the apex court verdict.

Speaker Nabam Rebia, who too attended office on Thursday, said the assembly needs at least 10-15 days to summon a session. “I have received the governor’s order asking the state government to go for floor test on 16 July which is practically impossible keeping in mind the uneven topography and inclement weather besides the communication bottlenecks in the state," he told reporters.

The speaker also appealed to all the Congress members to strengthen Tuki’s hands for overall development of the state.

In a setback to Bharatiya Janata Party and the centre, the Supreme Court ordered restoration of the Congress government, saying the “clock should be turned back", as it quashed all decisions of governor Rajkhowa that precipitated its fall in January, holding them “violative" of the Constitution.

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