Arunachal crisis: Govt set to lift President’s Rule, Congress goes to Pranab

According to sources, Rajkhowa’s report is expected soon, and if it suggests formation of a new government, the home ministry could put up a note before Wednesday’s scheduled meeting of the Union Cabinet.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2016 12:38 am
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On a day when senior Congress leaders called on President Pranab Mukherjee and told him that any move to swear in dissident Kalikho Pul as the Arunachal Chief Minister would be unconstitutional, it was learnt on Tuesday that the Union Cabinet could recommend revocation of President’s Rule in the state as early as Wednesday.

The Union Home Ministry is awaiting a report from Governor J P Rajkhowa on the latest situation in the state after 31 MLAs led by Congress dissident Pul — 18 Congress rebels, 11 from the BJP and two Independents — met him on Monday and staked claim to form the government.

According to sources, Rajkhowa’s report is expected soon, and if it suggests formation of a new government, the home ministry could put up a note before Wednesday’s scheduled meeting of the Union Cabinet. Urging him not to act on the government’s advice to withdraw President’s Rule, the Congress leaders told Mukherjee that the Governor has “acted unconstitutionally and out of line.”

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The delegation comprised Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, AICC general secretary V Narayanasamy, Anand Sharma, and Kapil Sibal. Sibal said the Governor had on Monday said that if the proclamation for imposition of President’s Rule is withdrawn, a new stable government could be put in place now that Pul has staked claim.

“We are very concerned,” Sibal said. “The Governor acted unconstitutionally and out of line. Pul and others are less than two-third (of the total strength of the Congress in assembly) and unless two-third (MLAs) of the Congress merge with another party they would be disqualified under the tenth schedule,” he said.

“Any act of the Centre to swear in Pul would not just be unconstitutional but unheard of, perpetuating a constitutional illegality. The Governor should not be a party to it…the home minister and Union (government) should not be party to it.”

A memorandum submitted by the party said: “We humbly request you not to take into consideration any such recommendation from the home ministry as the modus operandi to withdraw the proclamation is primarily to render the proceedings pending before the Supreme Court infructuous. Any alteration of the status quo will be detrimental to accepted democratic norms. The office of the President should not be brought into controversy by such ill-advised action.”

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    Archpagan
    Feb 17, 2016 at 5:30 am
    In last 10 years rampant conversion to Christianity have been carried out in Arunachal Pradesh sickular rule. I would like the new Govt. to reverse that process.
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      Chaanakkyan
      Feb 17, 2016 at 7:40 am
      "Any act of the Centre to swear in Pul would not just be unconsutional but unheard of, perpetuating a consutional illegality. " Anyone got answers why this is true?
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        sonu
        Feb 17, 2016 at 2:29 am
        ha ha paid newspaper not writing wt sc said yesterday. india should understand half of congi thieves in arunanchal r terrorist. their only utility for congress was at gun point they convert hindus to Christianity. sonia the varican agent who came to india with single.agenda of spreading christanity destroy Hinduism insult hindus support them. now ur days r over vatican agent bar girl
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        sonu
        Feb 17, 2016 at 2:25 am
        kapil sibbal is a dalal since when he is pretending to be a laeyer or consutional expert. yesterday he has been slammed by supreme court. he doesn't know that in india president dont has much power he will have to act on advice of govt. bjp will form govt in arunanchal pradesh jo ukhadna hai ukhad lo
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          sonu
          Feb 17, 2016 at 2:32 am
          president should allow bjp to form the govt. corrupt congress wants to loot the state which has senstive borders. soon their govt in kerala uttarakhand n hp too will fall. nanga karo in desh ke gaddaro ko
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            JKG
            Feb 17, 2016 at 5:16 am
            we need por govt in Arunachal Pradesh
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            JKG
            Feb 17, 2016 at 7:11 am
            where is RaGa..?He should tackle the issue.
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              BharatK
              Feb 17, 2016 at 7:41 am
              Democracy is a GAME of numbers. AP should form a new govt and work to develop the state. Good wishes to the people of AP.
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