Congress to approach SC over President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh


Surjewala1The Congress has decided to approach the Supreme Court a day after the Union Cabinet recommended President’s rule in politically volatile Arunachal Pradesh. The party is now waiting for President Pranab Mukherjee’s decision on the delicate issue.

Home minister Rajnath Singh will meet the President at 2pm to discuss the pros and cons of the issue.

Protesting the Cabinet recommendation, Congress leader V Narayansamy said, “Raj Bhawan has now become more of a BJP headquarter and the Governor is acting as “BJP agent”. We will take up the issue politically.”

Congress President Sonia Gandhi is likely to lead a delegation to the President requesting him not to give his assent to the Cabinet decision. President’s rule in Arunanchal is akin to tramping democracy and exposes PM Narendra Modi’s double speak,” said Congress media cell head, Randeep Surjewala.

Other political parties too were up in arms over the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal. The Janata Dal (United) held the BJP squarely responsible for the ongoing political crisis in Arunachal Pradesh.

”The entire crisis in Arunachal Pradesh is due to the Union ministers.” The party accused Governor JP Rajkhowa of interfering with state’s functioning. He should be recalled immediately. We condemn this and this is against the spirit of cooperative federalism,?” said JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the recommendation to suspend an elected government in Arunachal Pradesh, was illegal and unconstitutional.

“Constitution doesn’t allow you to suspend an elected government and enforce the President’s rule in any state,” the Aam Aadmi Party chief said. “It is against the Constitution,” he added.

He had earlier called the Union Cabinet’s recommendation to impose President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh as “murder of Constitution on the eve of Republic Day”.