SC refuses Congress’ plea to restrain government formation in Arunachal

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New Delhi, Feb.16 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday withheld passing of an interim order on a Congress Party plea to maintain status quo and restrain Arunachal Pradesh Governor J.P. Rajkhowa from swearing-in a new chief minister in the state.

In its petition, the Congress had accused the Governor of working at the behest of the Centre to topple its government.

However, the Centre slammed the Opposition for challenging the President’s decision saying that the government had done its job by saving the people of the state after the Congress Government failed to govern Arunachal Pradesh.

The Congress dubbed the President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh as ‘murder of democracy’ by the BJP-led Centre and accused it of misusing power.

In December last year, Arunachal Pradesh was rocked by a political crisis as 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 of BJP and two independents to impeach Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue.

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The move was termed as illegal and unconstitutional by the Speaker. The rebel group MLAs congregated at a community hall after the state Assembly complex was allegedly sealed by the local administration, and impeached Mr. Rebia in an impromptu session chaired by Deputy Speaker. (ANI)

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