NEW DELHI: Former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Naban Tuki on Thursday filed a fresh plea in Supreme Court against promulgation of President’s rule in the state.
The imposition of President’s rule in crisis-hit Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday came under the scanner of the Supreme Court which sought the report of Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa recommending central rule in the state, saying “it is too serious a matter”.
The remark by a five-judge bench headed by Justice J S Khehar came when Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi raised a preliminary objection contending that the notification on promulgation of President’s rule has not been challenged in the fresh plea.
Meanwhile, Tuki and all his ministerial colleagues were dismissed on Wednesday with immediate effect by the Governor of the state.
In an office memorandum, Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa said all other political appointments made by the Chief Minister, such as advisers, OSDs and special officers also stand terminated.
The Governor also directed the chief secretary to immediately seal the offices of the former chief minister, ministers and parliamentary secretaries and to ensure that all government files, documents are taken in safe custody.
Rajkhowa, based on whose report the Union Cabinet decided to impose President’s Rule in the state, also asked the chief secretary to take into custody all official vehicles and office equipment retained with the former chief minister, ministers and parliamentary secretaries.
Hitting back at Congress over the political crisis, BJP said the impasse was caused by its internal crisis and dismissed its criticism of the Modi government for imposing President’s rule as an attempt to deflect blame.
Citing over a “century” scored by previous Congress governments in imposing President’s rule in states, it said such an “undemocratic” party should not blame an elected government for doing its “constitutional duty”.
President Pranab Mukherjee had on Tuesday night endorsed the Union Cabinet’s decision and brought Arunachal Pradesh under central rule after more than a month of political turmoil. The decision was attacked by Congress and other parties which called it a “murder” of democracy.