Arunachal Pradesh
[Representational Image] Arunachal Pradesh: Hundreds take to streets after Kalikho Pul found hanging in house Picture: Indian army soldiers march near an army base on India's Tezpur-Tawang highway, which runs to the Chinese border, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.Reuters

Update, 10:20 p.m.: Congress leader Kalikho Pul was on Friday sworn-in as the new chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh by governor JP Rajkhowa at the Raj Bhavan in Itanagar.

Original Story:

Congress leader Kalikho Pul will be sworn-in as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday. The President's rule, which was imposed on Jan. 26 following the political turmoil in the state, was lifted earlier on Feb. 19.

"Name of Kalikho Pul as CM is already final... Swearing in will take place at 9 p.m. at Raj Bhawan, this is what we have been told in the invitation," ANI quoted BJP MLA Tamiyo Taga as saying.

Pul hails from Hawai in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh. He served as the state finance minister from 2003 to 2007 in the then Chief Minister Gegong Apang's government.

The Supreme Court had on Thursday vacated its status quo order in the state, paving the way for the government formation. 

President Pranab Mukherjee also approved the Union Cabinet's recommendation to revoke President's rule, the Times of India quoted a home ministry official as saying.

Earlier on Friday, the Congress moved the Supreme Court, seeking permission for floor test in the Arunachal Pradesh state assembly to prove its majority. The apex court, however, rejected its request.

The Nabam Tuki-government was ousted in December last year when 20 Congress dissident legislators along with BJP MLAs and two independents moved a no-confidence motion against him.

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