President gives assent to central rule in Arunachal Pradesh

Brand-new DELHI: Central rule has actually been imposed in Arunachal Pradesh after President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday gave his assent to Union Cabinet’s recommendation.

The Union Cabinet had on Sunday recommended the imposition of President’s rule in the state.

Justifying the Centre’s move, minister of state for estate Kiran Rijiju had earlier said the Cabinet was forced to take the decision because of a Constitutional breakdown as six months had lapsed between two sessions of the state assembly.

On Monday, President Pranab Mukherjee had called estate minister Rajnath Singh and put some queries to him or her on the need for the imposition of President’s rule.

The Congress has actually opposed the Centre’s move and had made a representation to the President accusing the governor of creating a crisis in the state at the behest of the BJP.

A Congress delegation had met the President and had briefed him or her about the ongoing political crisis in the state.

The party has actually likewise moved the Supreme Court on the issue.

The petition seeking urgent hearing was mentioned before Chief Justice T S Thakur, at his residence, who directed the matter to be listed for hearing on Wednesday.

The Nabam Tuki-led Congress government in the state got embroiled in a political turmoil after the governor advanced the assembly session to take up the impeachment motion versus speaker Nabam Rebia from January 14 to December 16.
The crisis deepened on December 16 when 21 rebel Congress MLAs, along along with 11 BJP MLAs and two independent legislators of the 60-member assembly gathered at a community hall where an impromptu session chaired by deputy speaker T Norbu Thongdok impeached speaker Rebia.
“We will approach the Supreme Court. On Republic Day they have actually imposed President’s rule,” said Nabam Tuki, reacting to the latest development.
Several opposition parties have actually attacked the Centre’s decision saying it amounted to “murder” of democracy while the BJP said the crisis was of Congress’ making because it had lost numbers in the assembly.

(along with inputs from agencies)