Why President’s rule in Arunachal: President

"We have filed the petition before the apex court registry," Congress leader and senior advocate Vivek Tankha told reporters.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 26, 2016 4:44 am
Congress leaders seek the President’s intervention. (PTI Photo) Congress leaders seek the President’s intervention. (PTI Photo)

A day after the Union Cabinet recommended imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, President Pranab Mukherjee sought clarifications Monday from Home Minister Rajnath Singh while the Congress challenged the Centre’s move in the Supreme Court and sought the President’s intervention.

Singh met Mukherjee to explain the rationale behind the Cabinet decision. BJP sources said the Home Minister told the President that the “situation” in the state had deteriorated.

But an angry Congress hit back and tried to rally other Opposition parties, saying the Centre was not just targeting the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh but was out to destabilise all Opposition-ruled states.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter: “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 Government. The Congress Party will fight this attack on our constitution, on our democracy, on the people’s mandate.”

After a 30-minute meeting with the President, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Congress would raise the issue in Parliament during the Budget session next month. He said the Congress expected support from all parties barring the BJP.

“This government does not believe in Parliament, democracy or the judiciary… We will fight against the government, inside and outside Parliament, and in the court,” Azad said.

“In Parliament, we were supported by all political parties other than the ruling party. And I am sure that in the coming session too, all political parties will support us because of the way they have destabilised the Arunachal Pradesh government… the agenda is not only to destabilise a Congress government, but all Opposition-ruled states. So this is an onslaught against all Opposition-ruled states… destabilise Opposition-ruled states through the Governors.”

In a memorandum to the President, the Congress said the Constitution Bench was looking into the decision of the Governor to advance the assembly session.

“In the midst of the hearing, the recommendation… for imposition of President’s Rule is disturbing, to say the least. Perhaps the government does not wish the court to adjudicate upon the matter by presenting it with a fait accompli of a proclamation under Article 356. This is the first time since Independence that such a recommendation has been made to impose President’s Rule in the midst of a court hearing,” the memorandum stated.

The Congress also moved the Supreme Court, challenging the Cabinet’s recommendation. The petition was filed by the state Congress chief whip Bamang Felix and an urgent hearing was sought. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to apprise her of the developments.

The Left and JD(U) slammed the BJP over the move to bring Arunachal Pradesh under President’s Rule. CPI national secretary D Raja said the BJP had “flouted all norms of parliamentary democracy to topple the state government and create conditions” for its entry.

JD(U) leader K C Tyagi, condemning the “first constitutional sin” of the BJP government, said the decision was “an attempt to sabotage the constitutional mandate, not justified in democracy and shows the BJP’s mindset towards cooperative federalism”.

Upping the ante against the BJP, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal released the transcript of what he claimed was a taped conversation between dissident MLA Kalikho Pul and a businessman. Sibal alleged that Pul sought the businessman’s support to topple the government and claimed he had the support of the BJP and RSS.

Sibal said the Arunachal Pradesh crisis was the “result of appointing Governors who have been groomed by the RSS… they are converting the office of the Governor to an office where only RSS members will sit and take forward the RSS agenda… this is a very serious matter and we are going to challenge it”.

“All non-BJP chief ministers should sit together and all political parties in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha should together raise this issue in the House,” he said.

Launching a counter-attack, BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi accused the Congress of “misleading” the nation. He said the Congress should explain why its government in the state “ran away” from convening the assembly session.

“Congress has been consistently trying to mislead. The crisis started with a series of corruption charges and resentment against the Congress leadership in the state. It was rather an internal crisis,” he said.

Questioning the state government’s “refusal” to convene the assembly, Trivedi said the Congress has “no answer” since “a government cannot remain in office if it does not call a session of the House within six months of the last session”.

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    FekuSarkar
    Jan 25, 2016 at 6:17 pm
    Modi will destabilise india and break india along religious lines.... Few more countries in pipeline in mext few years.... Shows Modis inexperience in governance !! Gujarat was Fake. Model, it was rule by fear.
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      Dodd
      Jan 27, 2016 at 8:28 pm
      People should remove congress from every part of India. It only wants power at any cost and no development......
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        IML sood
        Jan 25, 2016 at 2:31 pm
        See what this defeated and discarded Cong are trying to do?When they could not get anything politically from people they hope perhaps court will restore their lost glory but why don't they understand their time has gone and they can't loot the country by tricks and scams anymore.
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          Indus
          Jan 26, 2016 at 2:16 am
          You need not worry about breaking India. It was already done by 60 years of Congress rule. No amount of fevicol will do to paste ur community to India and make you feel Indian
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            amritanshu
            Jan 25, 2016 at 7:04 pm
            Dude its the right move congress would have allowed the bill if arunachal and kashmir gov were going this time to parliament!!now less congress mp and better chances of clearing!! modi said it first samwad, and majority is last option and now he is using it!!
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              Anil Tandale
              Jan 29, 2016 at 7:48 am
              President's rule began in 1959 when daughter was party president and father was prime minister. Left parties which were the first and later victims, clapped with Arjun Singh when four BJP governments were dismissed in 1992 even though Babri structure was damaged in only one state. It is amusing and regrettable that Nitish and Lalu who claim to be disciples of Ram Manohar Lohia and JP, who were also detained for 20 months during fake emergency, have now aligned with Congress in Bihar. Congress has history of back-stabbing even former party president like Subhash Chandra Bose.
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                ashok
                Jan 26, 2016 at 1:51 am
                Congress should not cry foul now when it did the same when it was in power
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                  Bijan Mohanty
                  Jan 25, 2016 at 3:42 pm
                  Now that Congress Party is affected, it is raising its voice against trampling of democratic practices by Modi. But Modi is making a mockery of democracy since he has become PM by stalling all legal, lawful moves/legislations of Delhi Govt. Why Congress is silent ?
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                    Bijan Mohanty
                    Jan 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm
                    BJP has created this situation through horse trading.
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                      Bijan Mohanty
                      Jan 26, 2016 at 2:34 pm
                      Perhaps you are not aware of the jurisdiction of Delhi Govt. ?
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                        Karunakaran
                        Jan 26, 2016 at 12:37 am
                        What communities in India's cities TODAY clean/clear people's toilets, clear dead animals, do professions that any uppercastes would not go near? Do children eat midday meals cooked by the Dalits? Do Dalits get jobs in the food outlets anywhere in India as cooks and waiters? Can Dalits draw water from the common village wells? In Gujarat, can Dalits buy houses where uppercastes and Jains live? Indian society requires a bit of introspection before demanding the removal of reservations for Dalits. Watch out! Dalits are steadily becoming India-wide a super strong political force. And that is going to upset the apple-cart.
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                          Chinmayananda Padhy
                          Jan 26, 2016 at 1:58 am
                          Why MP is not under president rule then???why rajsthan is not under president rule then???any answer from Bhakts please
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                            Chinmayananda Padhy
                            Jan 26, 2016 at 2:03 am
                            don't talk about corruption as the basis...every educated Indian knows that what is hidden agenda behind....If corruption is the basis, how MP govt is surviving after disclosure of India's biggest scam with more than 40 people got dead for destroying the proof that mr chowhan was directly involved...only after elimination of all threats, centered has put CBI enquiry.....really we are seeing ACHE DIN...don't worry we will show you ache din very soon in next all elections...it is a country run by common people and finally we decide who is who
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                              Dharampal Singh
                              Jan 29, 2016 at 3:48 am
                              China has ramped up issuing Staple-Visas to Arunachal Pradesh (Tawang) citizens in preparation of invasion. If you are Twang resident who wants to become Chinese citizen, get your visa quickly to prove you are native Tawang resident now, else you will be deported to India after Chinese takeover of Arunachal Pradesh. No claims for Chinese citizenship will be entertained later from opportunists.
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                                Dharampal Singh
                                Jan 29, 2016 at 3:48 am
                                Tawang is the Chinese name for Arunachal Pradesh. This is the right time for China to invade Arunachal Pradesh and take back its territory which the British redistricted away from them in 1947. The McMahon Line is a line agreed to by Britain and Tibet as part of the Simla Accord, a treaty signed in 1914. It is the effective boundary between China and British-India, although its legal status is disputed by the Chinese government. In 1913–1914 representatives of China, Tibet and Britain met in India ending with the 1914 Simla Accord. However, the Chinese representatives refused the territory negotiation. British administrator, Sir Henry McMahon, drew up the 550 miles (890 km) McMahon Line as the border between British India and Outer Tibet during the Simla Conference. China has never recognised the McMahon Line, and claims Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) on behalf of Tibetans.
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                                  Fakruddin
                                  Jan 25, 2016 at 4:11 pm
                                  Another wrong move by Modi before budget session. Congress will allow parliament to function and GST bill i gone now. Economy is already effected by global instability and our PM is busy with his own political agendas. Very unfortunate
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                                    Hari Goyal
                                    Jan 26, 2016 at 12:05 am
                                    Delhi government is going beyond its juridiction.
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                                      Jagannathan
                                      Jan 26, 2016 at 5:58 am
                                      Congress disrupted parliament and didn't allow it to function .Now they say that central Govt 'doesn't believe in Parliament' What a contrasting stand
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                                        babu
                                        Jan 26, 2016 at 3:08 am
                                        Arunachal pardeh is border to China ideal place for illegal trade so rss want for his s
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                                          MuftCMMufti
                                          Jan 26, 2016 at 4:02 am
                                          Ghulam Nabi Azad should focus on his state where there is no govt for last 2 weeks
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                                            MuftCMMufti
                                            Jan 26, 2016 at 2:59 am
                                            Nikamma K C Tyagi and Nitish siding with cheats like lallu to cheat poor.
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