January,25,2016: The Congress party lashed out at Narender Modi government saying that, ,”Decision to impose President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh reflects travesty of Constitutional mandate, subjugation of federalism and trampling of democracy.”
“We have filed the petition before the apex court registry,” Congress leader and senior advocate Vivek Tankha said.
The Union Cabinet has recommended the imposition of President’s rule in Congress-ruled Arunachal Pradesh following a decision taken during an emergency meeting early on Monday. The recommendation has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent. The government has been asked by President Pranab Mukherjee to explain its reasons.
Trouble began for the Congress in Arunachal Pradesh when as many as 21 out of its 47 MLAs rebelled. The BJP has 11 MLAs in the 60-member House. Even the Deputy Speaker was among those who rebelled. While the Congress moved a motion demanding removal of the Deputy Speaker, the BJP sought the Speaker’s removal.
The Governor intervened and advanced a session of the assembly. He also sent a letter directing that the first item on the agenda of the session should be a resolution for removal of the Speaker. He directed that the Deputy Speaker, who is disgruntled with the Congress, “shall preside over the House from the first moment of the first sitting of the House in accordance with provisions in article 181(1) of the Constitution”.
The Governor’s message, dated December 9, further instructed that the procedures related to removal of the Speaker “shall be completed at the first sitting of the session itself” and that “until the session is prorogued, no presiding officer shall alter the party composition in the House.”
Accusing the Modi government of trying to destabilize a state bordering China, the Congress, which is in power in Arunachal Pradesh, also said that it will challenge in court the Cabinet decision if it gets presidential assent.
The Congress argument is that there is no provision, under the Constitution or Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, that empowers the Governor to advance (summon) the session of the assembly without consulting the chief minister and council of ministers.
Congress Leader venting out his anger said that, “This is a very unfortunate political step that this government has taken. The Governor through his actions has already embarrassed himself. This act of the government to recommend President’s rule will also embarrass it. This government knows that it has no majority in the Rajya Sabha and this recommendation can never pass because it is politically motivated.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also criticised the Centre’s recommendation in tweets. “Union Cab recommending Prez rule in Arunachal shocking. Murder of Consti on Rep D eve. BJP lost elections.Now acquiring power thro back door (sic),” Mr Kejriwal tweeted.