New Delhi, Jan. 25 (ANI): Upping the ante against the Centre, the Congress delegation on Monday met President Pranab Mukherjee to convey him of the ‘onslaught’ by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to destabilise border-states, especially Arunachal Pradesh.
“The constitution is being blown to bits here. Tomorrow is 26th January and one day before it the BJP Government has called for President’s rule in Arunachal. They don’t believe in Parliament not in the judiciary. We will go against such a government in Parliament, court and the public on how they are destroying democracy,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media here.
The President was briefed by the delegation on the proceedings of the court and presented him with a memorandum, asking him to look into the matter.
The Congress alleged that this was a conspiracy plotted by the BJP, RSS and the newly re-elected BJP chief Amit Shah.
“They have devised strategies and used elements to ensure that there is constant disturbance in border-states to ensure that their government can be formed there. There is a conspiracy behind this and we will fight it out in the Parliament and the court,” Congress lawyer and former Union minister Kapil Sibal said.
“We hope to take this issue to the Supreme Court and convey them that after the governor’s lawyer said that no precipitate action will be taken till this discussion goes on, the governor created the crisis in Arunachal Pradesh, and then he asked the Union Government to impose President’s rule in the State. This is clearly a move to mislead the court,” he added.
He asserted that the Congress will be supported by everyone besides the ruling party in the Parliament over this issue because the government’s agenda was not only destabilising Congress but the opposition-ruled states as well.
Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and others met the President today after Congress President Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with Tuki and other leaders over the issue.
The Congress had earlier dubbed the government’s move to recommend President’s rule as ‘unconstitutional’ and alleged that it exposed the dictatorial tendencies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Union Cabinet yesterday recommended President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh. The recommendation has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval.
Arunachal Pradesh was rocked by a political crisis on December 16 last year as 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with BJP’s 11 MLAs and two independents to impeach Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue.
The Speaker termed the move as illegal and unconstitutional. (ANI)