Congress on Monday said BJP government has “dumped” Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, who was removed as Arunachal Pradesh Governor Monday evening, after his “utility was over” and he did not execute the “insidious agenda” of the ruling party.
“If Supreme Court strictures is the reason for his sacking then the Modi Cabinet is equally culpable. It should also go,” Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said in New Delhi. In July, the Supreme Court had quashed all decisions Rajkhowa has taken as Governor that had led to imposition of President’s rule in of Arunachal Pradesh and later formation of a new government led by the Congress breakaway faction.
The apex court had restored the previous Congress government. Tewari alleged the BJP government first “misused” the Governor to destablise a democratically elected government in the state and has now “dumped” him “because he was not able to execute the insidious agenda of the BJP the next time”.
Rajkhowa had refused to quit even after being nudged by the Centre earlier. Following his refusal, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had called on President Pranab Mukherjee last week and conveyed to him that Rajkhowa’s continuance in the post has become untenable after the Supreme Court’s observations against him over the dismissal of the Congress government in the state.
A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said Rajkhowa “shall cease to hold the office of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh”. The President has asked Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan to discharge the functions in addition to his own duties, until regular appointment is made, it said. Rajkhowa, who was appointed the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on May 12, 2015, was the first gubernatorial appointee of the Modi government.