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Arunachal House dissolved

- Tuki govt seeks Assembly polls along with LS vote

Guwahati/Tezpur, March 6: Arunachal Pradesh governor Nirbhay Sharma tonight dissolved the state Assembly on the recommendation of the cabinet headed by Nabam Tuki so that the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections can be held simultaneously.

According to the Election Commission schedule for the Lok Sabha polls announced yesterday, polling for the two parliamentary seats in the frontier state will be held on April 9. Elections to the 60-member Assembly would have been held in October this year.

CMO sources in Itanagar said the Nabam Tuki Cabinet met at around 10pm and recommended the dissolution to the governor, who okayed the dissolution after formal consultations with the Centre. The meeting was held at chief minister Tuki’s official residence, Niti Vihar.

Tako Dabi, adviser to the chief minister and former home minister, told The Telegraph that the recommendation for dissolution of the assembly was sent to the governor at around 11am. The three-day Assembly session also ended this afternoon. Most of the cabinet ministers were present, sources said. Tuki took over as chief minister from Jarbom Gamlin on November 1, 2011.

The Tuki cabinet, sources said, decided to go for simultaneous Assembly and general elections because it would save precious mandays, money and energy if both the polls were held simultaneously. Secondly, dissidence in the CLP was rearing its head with a group of MLAs trying to oust Tuki, who had last week sacked three cabinet ministers for non-performance. The Congress had won both the Lok Sabha seats in 2009 and had swept the Assembly polls by winning 42 seats later that year.