Arunachal Governor says President can revive state assembly

By Pradeep Kumar

Itanagar, Feb.1 (ANI): The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, J.P. Rajkhowa, on Monday said that President Pranab Mukherjee can order the revival of the State Assembly which is in suspended animation currently.

Describing himself as apolitical, Rajkhowa in a maiden press briefing to a battery of print and electronic media at Raj Bhawan here this afternoon since the imposition of President’s Rule last Tuesday, said everyone should respect the Constitution of world’s largest democracy, India.

“I’m not against anybody and neither would ever go against anybody,” he said.

Flanked by his Advisors, G S Patanaik and Y S Dadwal, Principal Finance Secretary Satya Gopal, Director General of Police S. Nithiyanandam, IPR Secretary Sonam Chombay and director C M Longphong, he briefed the media on developments following the imposition of president’s rule in the state.

“Without free, fair, fearless, transparent and a truthful press, democracy would be in danger,” he said while advocating the media to be vigilant and assist in monitoring state’s development process, besides exercising constraint in sensitive matters.

He sought a proactive role of the fourth estate to check misinformation and maintain communal harmony among the numerous tribes living in the state.

Pointing out that president’s rule is a temporary measure, as sooner or later, a democratically-elected government will be there, he reiterated that until then law and order has to be maintained effectively at all costs for public security and ensure good governance free from corruption.

He clarified that he had never mentioned “cow slaughter” in his report to the President, but had mentioned only Mithun.

“I’m an apolitical person, neither a member of any political party nor visited any political party office,” he said.

Referring to allegations that he had made Raj Bhawan the BJP or RSS office, he asked those making them to cite specific examples as proof of their claim.

He also accepted the suggestion for a weekly press briefing by either his secretary or the public relations officer. (ANI)

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