Rajnath meets President Mukherjee over Arunachal Pradesh row

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New Delhi, Jan. 25 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday met President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan to apprise him about the decision of the Union Cabinet to recommend imposition of central rule in Arunachal Pradesh.

In a related development, a Congress delegation also met President 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.

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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.

Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has said that the grand old party will fight this ‘attack on the constitution and the people’s mandate’.

“Modiji you talk about federalism but murder democracy. You talk about cooperation but use every means to coerce. Imposing President’s rule in Arunachal is a blatant bid to topple a duly elected Govt. The Congress Party will fight this attack on our constitution, on our democracy, on the people’s mandate,” Rahul said.

The Union Cabinet yesterday recommended President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh. The recommendation has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval.

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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)

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