Modi Govt recommends President’s rule in Arunachal; Opposition cries foul

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has recommended President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh. The Cabinet’s decision has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval. The Congress condemned the move and said that it amounted to ‘trampling of democracy’.

“President’s Rule in Arunanchal is trampeling of democracy & exposes Modiji’s double speak of states being equal part of ‘Team India’,” Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said in a tweet.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejrwal also expressed his shock over the decision. “Union Cabinet recommending President rule in Arunachal shocking. Murder of Constitution on Republic Day eve. BJP lost elections.Now acquiring power through back door,” he said in a tweet.
President’s Rule in Arunanchal is trampeling of democracy & exposes Modiji’s double speak of states being equal part of ‘Team India’.
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) January 24, 2016
Union Cab recommending Prez rule in Arunachal shocking. Murder of Consti on Rep D eve. BJP lost elections.Now acquiring power thro back door
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 24, 2016
The Supreme Court on January 14, 2016 referred to a Constitution bench a bunch of petitions arising out of certain orders passed by the Gauhati High Court in the ongoing political battle in Arunachal Pradesh.
A bench comprising Justices J S Khehar and C Nagappan said the matters pertained to constitutional provisions on the rights of the Governor, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker and hence needed to be decided by a larger bench. The counsel, appearing for Nabam Rebia who was allegedly removed by 14 rebel Congress and BJP MLAs from the post of Speaker, the deputy speaker and the Governor agreed with the suggestion of the apex court bench that the matter should be heard by a five-judge Constitution bench.

The bench had also allowed Rebia to take back his plea filed against an administrative order of the Acting Chief Justice of the High Court. Rebia, who has challenged in Gauhati High Court various decisions of the Governor and Deputy Speaker including his removal from the Speaker’s post, had alleged that the High Court’s Acting Chief Justice had “erroneously rejected” his plea, filed on the judicial side, in administrative capacity.
He had also sought recusal of Justice B K Sharma from hearing his plea. Rebia was removed from the post of the Speaker by 14 rebel Congress MLAs, disqualified by the Speaker, and BJP MLAs on December 16 in an assembly session presided over by the Deputy Speaker in a Community Hall in Itanagar.
With agency inputs.

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