Modi govt trampling democracy, alleges Cong on Cabinet move on Arunachal

Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the party will move court and alleged that the step shows that Modi is "fountain head" of political intolerance.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 24, 2016 7:54 pm
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The Union Cabinet’s recommendation for imposing President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh today drew stinging condemnation from the opposition with Congress alleging democracy was being trampled and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “fountainhead” of political intolerance.

Accusing the Modi government of trying to destabilize a state bordering China, the Congress, which is in power in Arunachal Pradesh, also said that it will challenge in court the Cabinet decision if it gets presidential assent. Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal expressed “shock” over the Cabinet decision, saying it is “murder” of the country’s Constitution.

READ: Union Cabinet recommends President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh

“Union Cab recommending Prez rule in Arunachal shocking. Murder of Consti on Rep D eve. BJP lost elections.Now acquiring power thro back door,” Kejriwal said in a tweet. The “very wrong” step has exposed Modi’s “double-speak” on federalism, the Congress alleged and warned the government that it will pay a “heavy price” for it.

ALSO READ: Arunachal: Making of the crisis

“Modi government’s decision to impose President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh reflects travesty of Constitutional mandate, subjugation of federalism and trampling of democracy,” AICC Communication Department Chief Randeep Surjewala said. “Modiji’s double speak of respect for federalism and states being equal part of ‘Team India’ stands exposed.”

Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the party will move court and alleged that the step shows that Modi is “fountainhead” of political intolerance. “We will challenge it…. This bypassing the matter which is being heard by the Supreme Court…. President is Constitutional head he will apply his mind and will take appropriate decision,” Sibal told reporters.

He was asked whether the party will challenge in court the decision taken by the Cabinet decision. “Government has taken a very wrong step. There cannot be possibly any wrong step than this. The Governor had embarrassed himself and now the government is embarrassing itself. They will pay a heavy price,” he remarked. Sibal, a former Law Minister and a noted lawyer, claimed that that government has taken the step apprehending that they are not going to succeed in the Supreme Court.

“They have taken the step despite knowing well the decision on President’s rule cannot get approval of Parliament as they do not have majority in the Rajya Sabha,” Sibal said. “This is an act of political intolerance by government which talks of cooperative federalism,” he said. He lamented that the Modi dispensation was resorting to such tactics in a border-state like Arunachal Pradesh. “They are trying to destabilize a state bordering China,” he alleged.

 

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First Published on: January 24, 2016 4:41 pm
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    Bharathan
    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:22 pm
    It will be better if Kejriwal shut his mouth for some time. He has only one agenda I.e. Blame the PM for everything. Does he think that the people of this country are absolute fools like his party men. Any thing happening any where in the country P. M. Is. Responsible. So please stop this nonsense and be a responsible for C.M.
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      Sirius
      Jan 24, 2016 at 3:21 pm
      Mr. Sibal is in for another admonishing by SC, but will he ever learn !?! He was recently unsuccessful in the UP lokayukta case. Before that in trying to prevent a CBI investigation against Yadav Singh . He tried to get Diwali crackers banned through SC .
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        Minu
        Jan 24, 2016 at 5:19 pm
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          Pat
          Jan 24, 2016 at 10:24 pm
          Surely all these congress supposedly lawyers got their degress bought easily through scams. These guys talk senselessly as if they have graduated in goondagirdi and bully voters by their divisive politics, paying for biryanis for raoul sonia gatherings. There is no credibility except scams and looting taxpayers money and pocketing them. They have shamed the country , let the nationalist people rule, no congress traitors are needed, even minorities know their evil designs.
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            TIHAEwale
            Jan 24, 2016 at 2:55 pm
            President rule is wrong . embly should be dissolved and fresh elections be held when normal tenure of present embly ends so that elected representatives learn to behave
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              Bijan Mohanty
              Jan 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm
              Narendra Modi has no respect for democracy as evident from the treatment of Center to the elected Government of Delhi. This type of things never happened in the history of Independent India including during Emergency period. The cabinet decision on Arunachal Pradesh is just shameful.
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                Bijan Mohanty
                Jan 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm
                Your views are absolutely correct. Fresh elections should be held and no opportunity to be given to BJP and the Governor for indulgence in horse trading.
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                  Chaanakkyan
                  Jan 24, 2016 at 2:44 pm
                  "They have taken the step despite knowing well the decision on President’s rule cannot get approval of Parliament as they do not have majority in the Rajya Sabha,” Sibal said. " Well then why would the Center decide so? Kapil Sibal jumping the gun?
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                    Ramsubramani Harihara Iyer
                    Jan 24, 2016 at 9:44 pm
                    Congress is a shameless party,with the shamelessness increasing in geometric progression every day.The imposition of President's rule is indicative of the broad mind of Mr Modi and the BJP.Had the centre had a UPA Govt( God forbid) and the Arunachal being ruled by any party other than Congress and in a situation like the present one,the Sickular Congress would have tried to form by hook or crook ,their own Govt rather than President"s rule.How can anybody justify the dirty Congress opposing President's rule in the State?
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                      jayaram reddi
                      Jan 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm
                      Actually the opposition is murdering the democratically elected government.
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                        jayaram reddi
                        Jan 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm
                        It looks like from what has been happening, President's rule should have been imposed on the state long time ago. That shows how tolerant is the present government at the center.
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                          JM
                          Jan 24, 2016 at 9:19 pm
                          Stop calling him modiji. He is a evil minded person from gujjuland. He or his facist friends have no respect for democratic principles, consution or rule of law. These murderers of democracy to be taken to task and put in jail for creating anarchy in our nation. Their time is running out. People of India will take things into their own hands and will come to the streets and will throw them out of their chairs.
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                            Kandasami, Coimbatore
                            Jan 24, 2016 at 4:27 pm
                            SCAMGRESS is there to RUIN INDIA, DISRUPTING PARLIAMENT, DERAILING GOOD PROJECTS THAT WOULD BENEFIT PEOPLE OF INDIA, GOING TO PLACES WHERE THERE IS LITTLE PROLEM, BLAMING IT ON BJP AND IGNITING VIOLANCE, TROUBLING EVERYONE IN INDIA HAS BECOME THE ROUTINE FOR THESE CORRUPT FELLOWS... ZERO -LOSS AND OTHERS
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                              L bhadrapati Devi
                              Jan 24, 2016 at 3:19 pm
                              Arvind Kejri next turn is yours. Your dissidents will throw out you like Ngabam Tuki. 21 congress dissidents defected without violating anti-defection law. So, President Rule is justifiable for the protection of democracy.
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                                rajesh
                                Jan 24, 2016 at 6:03 pm
                                what to do if the ministry loses its majority... joke congress is opposing it.. one of the biggest jokes of Indian history.
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                                  Taylor
                                  Jan 24, 2016 at 4:07 pm
                                  Disturbing States is patriotic or anti-National ??
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                                    Tbkarki
                                    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm
                                    Once ruling party lost majority best course govt.resignation?Does Consution allows minority govt to rule d state Mr.Sibal?This s cabinet decision once President consent than it becomes President decision?Sorry in 60 yrs rule n centre how many state govt. U dismissed do u remember?But saddest part of statement by Mr.Sibal i.e.It cannot be ped in Rajya Sabha?R. U threatening democratic norms in street fight?Pl grow?U got many option than disruption/blocking Rajya Sabha?Hope better sense prevails in Congressmen before too late? All d best!
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                                      nagaraj
                                      Jan 24, 2016 at 3:21 pm
                                      sibal type of punjabi lawyers are a disgrace to iindia - maybe he should be probed for relations with a bar lady who is now ruining the country
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                                        nagaraj
                                        Jan 24, 2016 at 3:20 pm
                                        that Sibal mother fakir is highly overrated
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                                          Citizen
                                          Jan 24, 2016 at 2:47 pm
                                          Instead of continuing with a paralyzed governament this Is a step in the right direction as this state is sensitive one and needs better admin. Let the court decide the role and powers of the white elephant. JAihind
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