NEW DELHI -- For the first time in India's history, lawmakers from Arunachal Pradesh conducted Assembly sessions in a community hall and a hotel.
On the second day of political turmoil in Arunachal Pradesh, lawmakers from the Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party met at a hotel to pass a "no confidence" motion against the Nabam Tuki-led Congress government, a day after they impeached Speaker Nabam Rebia at a session held in a community hall.
Anticipating trouble, Rebia had ordered the local administration to seal the Assembly premises, but lawmakers were granted permission by Governor J.P. Rajkhowa to meet at a makeshift venue.
The 60 seat House is made up of 42 Congress Party lawmakers, 11 from the BJP, 5 from the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) and two Independents.
The rebel leaders, who gathered at a hotel in Itanagar today, included 20 Congress Party MLAs, 11 BJP lawmakers, and two Independents. After passing the "no confidence" motion against Tuki, they elected Congress Party's Kalikho Pul as the new Chief Minister.
The dissident lawmakers have accused Tuki of corruption and mismanagement of the state's resources.
Deputy Speaker T. Norbu Thongdok chaired the sessions at the hotel and community hall over the past two days, and Leader of the Opposition Tamiyo Taga moved the impeachment resolution against Rebia and no-confidence motion against Tuki.
Both sessions have been dismissed as “illegal and unconstitutional" by Rebia and Tuki.
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