Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul has been found dead at the chief minister’s residence in capital city Itanagar. The state police said that Pul committed suicide by allegedly hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence this morning.
Although Pema Khandu became the Chief Minister of the state on July 16, Pul was yet to vacate the official residence.
“We have also recovered a suicide note from the room where the former Chief Minister committed suicide. However, I am not in a position to divulge much at this moment,” a senior police official told IANS. Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has independently confirmed the news.
Pul, 47, assumed office on February 19 unseating the then Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and continued till July 13 when the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Legislature Party (CLP) elected Pema Khandu.
After becoming the Chief Minister, Pul and his supporters joined the Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA), a regional political outfit. However, after the Supreme Court judgment reinstated the Nabam Tuki government, Pul and his supporters returned to the Congress fold and supported Pema Khandu as the Chief Minister.
Pul, who represents Hyuliang constituency in eastern Arunachal Pradesh, had been winning from the constituency for last five terms. He had served in various capacities in the Arunachal Pradesh cabinet including as the finance minister, power minister and tribal affairs minister.
In capital Itanagar, Pul’s supporters have gathered around his residence and sloganeering against present Chief Minister Pema Kandu have started. Sources in Itanagar told EditPlatter that he had requested for more time to move out from the chief minister’s bungalow, after he had to resign on July 16, three days after the Supreme Court ruled that all decisions taken in the state after December 2015 were unconstitutional, including the imposition of president’s rule.
Local reporters say he had not left the bungalow for 15 days and had stopped interacting with people. Pul was last seen alive at 8.30 am by his domestic staff.
In February this year, the north-east Indian border state plunged into a political ferment after Kalikho Pul upstaged the then Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in February and formed the government in the hill state with support from the rebel legislators of the Congress as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party.
However, the Supreme Court restored the Nabam Tuki government on July 13.
Pul, who was sworn-in on February 19 this year after the central government recommended that president’s rule, be lifted from the state, won by voice vote.
Pul, who had openly revolted against then Congress Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, informed the assembly that he has the support of 28 congress legislators as per the attendance at the Congress Legislature Party meeting held on Wednesday, besides the support of 11 Bharatitya Janata Party legislators and two Independent members.
On February 25, Pul won a vote of confidence in the 60-member assembly, whose strength now stands at 58 following the expulsion of two Congress legislators while the BJP which has 11 members and two other Independent members also supported Pul.
On July 17 last month, Congress legislator Pema Khandu was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh replacing Nabam Tuki of the Congress, who was reinstated as the Chief Minister following a Supreme Court verdict on July 13th. The 37-year-old is the son of a former Arunachal Chief Minister, the late Dorjee Khandu, who died in a chopper crash in 2011.
(With Inputs from IANS)
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