Former Arunachal CM files fresh plea in Supreme Court against President’s rule

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Former Arunachal CM Naban Tuki
Former Arunachal CM Naban Tuki

Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Naban Tuki on 28 January filed a fresh petition in the Supreme Court against imposition of President’s rule in the state.

The promulgation of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh came under the Supreme Court’s scanner, which has sought Governor JP Rajkhowa’s report for recommending central rule in the state.

Meanwhile, Tuki and his ministerial colleagues were dismissed with immediate effect by the Governor. Also, all political appointments made by the CM stand terminated, as stated in an official memorandum.

The Governor also directed the chief secretary to immediately seal the offices of the former chief minister, ministers and parliamentary secretaries and to ensure that all government files, documents are taken in safe custody.

Rajkhowa, based on whose report the Union Cabinet decided to impose President’s Rule in the state, also asked the chief secretary to take into custody all official vehicles and office equipment retained with the former chief minister, ministers and parliamentary secretaries.

The Governor said that he was assaulted by a minister when the former chief minister went to the Raj Bhawan to meet Rajkhowa. He is likely to file the report in a sealed envelope in the Supreme Court at around 2 pm. Rajkhowa has regularly been sending reports to the government on the deteriorating law and order situation in Arunachal Pradesh.

Hitting back at the Congress for the crisis on Arunachal Pradesh, BJP dismissed criticism of the Modi government for imposition of President’s rule.

After more than two days of consultations, President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Union Cabinet’s recommendation that there was indeed a constitutional crisis in the state. The decision, however, was attacked by the Congress and other parties which called it a murder of democracy.

Meanwhile, Tuki had on 27 January expressed confidence that he could prove his majority in the Assembly. “We can prove our majority in the House,” he had tweeted.