Kalikho Pul sworn in as new Arunachal CM at night

Itanagar: Dissident Congress leader Kalikho Pul was sworn in as the ninth chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday night after the Supreme Court paved the way for government-formation in the state.

Pul was administered oath of the office by Governor K P Rajkhowa at a ceremony at the Raj Bhawan on late Friday night.

He has the support of 18 dissident Congress MLAs, 11 BJP MLAs and two independents, who are likely to be part of his government in the 60-member state Assembly.

Earlier, President Pranab Mukherjee gave his approval to the Union Cabinet's recommendation for revocation of President's rule.

The Union Cabinet’s recommendation came after Pul accompanied by 31 MLAs, met Governor K P Rajkhowa and claimed his stake to form the government on Wednesday.

The President's nod came after a last-ditch effort of Nabam Tuki seeking an interim direction that his party be allowed to go for a floor test in the Assembly to prove majority was rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday.

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