NEW DELHI: Arunachal Pradesh has been placed under President’s Rule on Monday, after it was recommended by the cabinet in an unscheduled meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.
Media reports say that President Pranab Mukherjee signed the order last night.
On Sunday, Congress MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh who revolted against Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Sunday welcomed the Union Cabinet recommendation for imposition of President’s rule and said they were ready to form an alternative government with the support of BJP and others.
“We welcome the Centre’s decision as there was complete breakdown of Constitution. Nabam Tuki constitutionally, democratically and morally has no right to rule. He should have resigned long ago,” MLA and spokesman of the rebel group, Pasang Dorjee, told PTI.
The reactions from political opponents were sharp. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had expressed “shock” at Cabinet’s recommendation for imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, terming it as “murder” of the country’s Constitution. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah alleged that Raj Bhavan were being used “again to unseat elected governments by encouraging defections”.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Kapil Sibal had said the Congress would challenge the order for imposition of President’s rule in court.
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, who is an MP from Arunachal Pradesh, on Sunday had said BJP has no intention to form the next government in the state saying it was upto the MLAs to decide the future course of action.
“The Union Cabinet has recommended the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh for the next six months. The question of BJP forming the government does not arise at all. It is the MLAs who will decide what to do in future,” Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, told PTI tonight. The Minister of State for Home said it has become untenable for Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to continue the government after the Gauhati High Court order against him and considering the fact that there was no assembly session in the state for six months at a stretch.
“Majority of the MLAs are against Nabam Tuki. How can he continue? There was complete breakdown of Constitution,” Rijiju said. Asked whether BJP would seek for fresh election in the state, he said the Union Cabinet has not recommended for dissolution of the assembly but for suspended animation. “All options are open. The President’s rule was imposed for six months only,” he said.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prakash Rajkhowa said the Article 174(1) of the Constitution was violated as such there was no assembly session for six months preceding January 21. Gherao and blockade of Raj Bhavan and the Governor, who is a nominee of the President, by some Congress MLAs amounted to Constitutional breakdown in the state.
The report said Assembly Speaker’s order to not allow rebel Congress MLAs, who revolted against Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, to even visit assembly is a grave act in democratic set up of the Constitution.
Rajkhow said state government officials played communal politics by inciting student groups against other tribals and him (Governor), raising his Assamese roots.
Article 167(b) of the Constitution was allegedly flouted as letters of Governor concerning issues of public importance were not responded to by the state government.