Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress rebel Kalikho Pul was found dead at his residence on Tuesday. He allegedly hanged himself.
Pul had been chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh for four-and-a-half months in early 2016, but had to resign in the wake of an adverse Supreme Court verdict in July 2016. As per his close aides, he was a patient of depression and was extremely upset over being treated like an outcast.
Kalikho Pul and dissidence
Mr. Pul had led a group of dissident MLAs from Congress against Chief Minister Nabam Tuki early this year. A few hours after President’s Rule was revoked in Arunachal Pradesh on February 19, the dissident Congress leader, was sworn in as Chief Minister.
However, the State’s Congress leaders moved the apex court against the manner in which the President’s rule was withdrawn without the apex court’s knowledge and the formation of the Pul government in the next three hours on February 19.