In fact, the SC called the decisions leading to the dismissal of the government as "illegal" and "unethical". So now, Nabam Tuki is back and Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa is facing the ire for a decision in December 2015 to advance the state assembly session by a month.
Here's discussing the chronology of events for our readers:
December 2015: On December 9, a group of Congress MLAs met the Governor JP Rajkhowa who sought the impeachment of speaker Nabam Rebia, who they alleged were trying to get them disqualified from the Assembly.The Governor agreed for an emergency session on December 16 when he would take up the impeachment issue.
While the Congress protested the Governor's action, the Centre went ahead and issued President's Rule under Article 356. The meeting was attended by 20 rebel Congress MLAs, 11 BJP leaders, and 2 independents. The impeachment motion was passed and Pul was elected the Leader of the House. The Speaker disqualified the 14 Congress MLas the same day.
Jan 5, 2016: The speaker's plea was turned down by the Gauhati High Court, which also stayed the disqualification of the Congress MLAs.
Jan 15, 2016: The entite batch of petitions filed by the Speaker were referred by the Supreme Court to the constitution bench. The bench examines the discretionary powers of the Governor.
Jan29, 2016: Nabam Tuki filed a fresh petition in the Supreme Court, challenging the imposition of President's rule in the state.
Jan 30, 2016: The Centre justifies the President's rule here and also states that the Congress is in a minority.
Feb 2, 2016: Governor Rajkhowa says this is a temporary set up and that a new government will soon be set.
Feb 4, 2016: SC spoke in support of the Congress and said that it was rather unfortunate that all the decisions of the Governor are not reviewed and that it cannot be a mute spectator when the democratic processes are "slaughtered".
Feb 10, 2016: The top court rejects the plea of the rebel Congress MLAs against the Speaker.
Feb 19: President's Rule lifted in the state.
Feb 20: Kalikho Pul sworn in as the CM with the support of 18 rebel Congress MLAs Pul's swearing-in came a day after the Supreme Court vacated its interim order to maintain the status quo, paving the way for government formation.
Feb 23: The supreme Court observed that it has the power to re-instate the previous government if it witnessed constitutional violations in the manner in which the Arunachal Pradesh Governor issued orders that have eventually led to the formation of a new government in the state.
Feb 25: Pul won the vote of confidence without any opposition. 17 Congress MLAs including former chief minister Nabam Tuki were absent in the House.
March 3: 30 rebel MLAs, along with CM Pul joined the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA). Congress had no scope of taking any action against them. Pul said that they had to take this action as the Congress had left no choice for them.
May 6: Top leaders of the Congress initiated a March from Jantar Mantar against 'undemocratic' policies that the Centre too by imposing the President's rule. Some leaders were arrested.
July 13: Citing the Governor's action as 'illegal', the SC restored the Congress government in the state.