Merely days after his resignation, former Arunachal Pradesh Governor has created ripples by announcing that Congress leader and former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul had left behind "secret notes", the contents of which can cause "political tremors" in India. The former governor told The Indian Express that Pul, who was found hanging in the Arunachal Pradesh chief Minister's official residence that he was yet to vacate, has left behind a booklet that runs over 60 pages and has "explosive content" that can rock the politicos.
Although this is a startling revelation coming from a governor, the possibility of a journal or booklet left behind by Pul was not unheard of.
Police confirmed the notes theory
Two days after his death, PTI had reported that four booklets, reportedly written by Pul were found in his room. "We have not read the booklets so it cannot be assumed as suicide note. There was no diary found from the spot as has been reported earlier. Police have already registered a case and it is under investigation," Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Talo Potom, who conducted the inquest, had told the press at the time.
The four 60-page booklets, titled 'Mere Vichaar' (My Thoughts), allegedly signed by Pul, were found in the room where Pul was found dead but its content was not revealed at the time.
But even before this development, Pul's death had raised eyebrows at the time, given the state's volatile political situation and the questionable timing of his sudden demise.
Suicide amid political upheaval in the state a mere coincidence?
Pul, a Congress rebel who had served as the chief minister from 19 Feburary to 13 July this year, had committed suicide at his official residence on 9 August, weeks after he was ordered by the Supreme Court to step down after a brief stint, sparking violent protests by his supporters.
He had earlier rebelled against chief minister Nabam Tuki in late 2015 along with a large section of party legislators and was sworn in as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh with the support of 18 dissident Congress MLAs, two independents and 11 BJP legislators. The BJP legislators gave him outside support in the 60-member Assembly.
Pul's appointment was preceded by days of turmoil which saw Nabam Tuki dismissed after 21 of the 47 Congress MLAs — including Pul-rebelled against him. This was followed by President's Rule imposed on 26 January. The Supreme Court last month had ruled the appointment as illegal and reinstated the Congress government.
Later, Nabam Tuki was reinstated who then made way for Pema Khandu as the 10th Chief Minister. It was said that government formed under Khandu's leadership was a hard forced truce within the splintered congress party. Pul Pul, though reluctantly, made way for Khandu as he was adamant he would not support Tuki as the chief minister.
Meanwhile, the governor at the time, Jyotiprasad Rajkhowa could not remain unscathed in the chain of events. The entire charade arguably became the reason he was sacked from his position in September this year. The home ministry reportedly expressed its displeasure stating the government had lost trust in him, following which Article 156 was evoked and the President of India conveyed his "displeasure" to rajkhowa asking him to step down.
#PresidentMukherjee has directed that Shri J.P. Rajkhowa shall cease to hold the office of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) September 12, 2016
Kalikho Pul, a rooted leader with humble beginnings
Hailing from the remote Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China, Kalikho Pul trekked a long way in his political career to become the eighth chief minister of the state, a position he could hold only for six months.
Starting his career as a carpenter, Pul, went on to become a 'chowkidar' in a school and then earned the distinction of being the longest serving Finance Minister of the state under various chief ministers, including Gegong Apang, Mukut Mithi and late Dorjee Khandu.
Born on 20 July, 1969 to Tailum Pul and Koranlu Pul at Walla Village under Hawai circle of Anjaw district, Pul had pursued his graduation in humanities from Indira Gandhi Government College at Tezu in Lohit district.
His political innings started in 1995 when he was elected as an MLA from Hayuliang constituency and became the minister of state for Finance in the Mukut Mithi government. There was no looking back for Pul as he won from the constituency consecutively for five terms and served minister of state for Power, Finance, Land Management.
Pul began as deputy minister for finance (1995-97), then became minister of state for power (1997-99), MoS for finance (1999-2002), MoS for land management (2002-03), and finally minister for finance (2003-05) before he was made chairman of a high-powered committee and simultaneously adviser to the CM for about a year.
In 2006-09 he once again served as minister for finance, then minister for rural works (2009-11), and then health. Between 2011 and 2014, he was also made adviser to the CM, then again made a minister in 2014. He was also the executive member of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee for 13 years and Pradesh Election Committee Member for 7 years.
Pul had special interest in social service, community service and attending to poor and destitute persons.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Oct 26, 2016 15:01 PM