Arunachal Pradesh row: Congress dubs President’s rule as ‘murder of democracy’; SC to hear challenge today

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday night endorsed the Union Cabinet’s decision and brought Arunachal Pradesh under central rule after more than a month of political turmoil and in the midst of a raging battle in the Supreme Court, a decision that was attacked by Congress and other parties which called it “murder” of democracy.

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The Supreme Court has decided to hear on January 27 the Congress’ plea challenging the Cabinet decision.

After intense consultations over the last two days, Mukherjee signed the proclamation imposing the central rule, accepting the ground that there was a “constitutional breakdown” in the state.

However, the Congress has dubbed the President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh as ‘murder of democracy’ by the BJP-led Centre and accused it of misusing power.

“Bharatiya Janata Party wants its government everywhere. You can’t impose President’s rule because people didn’t favor you. We will fight in the court and also tell the people how the BJP misuses its power. It is very unfortunate and it is a murder of democracy,” Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said.

Kharge further ruled out that Arunachal is a sensitive area and if anything goes wrong there, then the BJP would be held responsible for that.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju slammed the Congress party for challenging the President’s decision.

He said that the Congress Government in Arunachal Pradesh had failed to govern the state, adding that the Centre had intervened to save the people of the state.

(With PTI-ANI inputs)

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