By Pradeep Kumar
Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Jan.24 (ANI): Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Sunday said that the Union Cabinet’s recommendation for the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh is against the Constitution.
In a statement issued here, Tuki said, “There is no official intimation. I heard news about the Union Cabinet recommended imposition of President’s Rule on the basis of the governor’ report, but without consulting me as Chief Minister or the Council of Ministers.”
He further stated, “Though expected because of the attitude of the governor right from the day he took charge, I don’t see any reason for such a decision. There is absolutely no law and order incident and the ruling Congress is supported by a very strong party base throughout the state. The government has been functioning. When the matter is sub-judice in the five-member constitutional bench of the Supreme Court, such a decision is in total violation of the Constitution and illegal. Such a situation has never occurred in this most sensitive border and tribal state of Arunachal Pradesh, a very peaceful state. The governor has piloted everything and reported to the Government of India as some people had staged a democratically peaceful protest in front of Raj Bhawan.”
He asked, “When the Congress has some internal problems, how can 11 BJP MLAs form the government in the 60-member house (reduced to 58 with the Gauhati High Court terming the acceptance of resignation of two MLAs by Speaker Nabam Rebia right) and the ruling government has the support of 31 MLAs? Is it justified for recommending President’s Rule?”
“When we had demanded a change of the governor, the Government of India is giving him more power with the sole intention to topple the Congress Government which would be suicidal, as it would amount to a murder of democracy and destroy the prevailing peace. The Government of India, particularly the Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, would be responsible for anything going wrong in the state,” Tuki warned without mincing words.
He said the Government of Arunachal Pradesh would challenge the Centre’s decision in the Supreme Court besides drawing the attention of President of India to protect the Constitution.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Padi Richo asked, “Is the Arunachal situation worse than the Godhra carnage in Gujarat? How can the Government of India manipulate the Constitution with the sole objective of toppling a popularly elected state government?” (ANI)