Union Cabinet recommends President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh

The political crisis in Arunachal Pradesh was triggered after 21 of 47 Congress MLAs in the 60-member House, along with 11 BJP and two Independent MLAs, extended support to the Deputy Speaker.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2016 2:14 am
Land ordinance, Land law, BJP land law, NDA allies, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepping out of Parliament with his Cabinet colleagues in this file photo.

The Union Cabinet has recommended the imposition of President’s rule in Congress-ruled Arunachal Pradesh following a decision taken during an emergency meeting early on Monday. The recommendation has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent.

The Congress described the move as “trampling of democracy” and an act of “political intolerance”, and said it would challenge the decision in Supreme Court. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, a BJP MP from Arunachal Pradesh, said it was up to the MLAs to decide the state’s future.

Arunachal Governor J P Rajkhowa’s controversial decision in December to advance a session of the assembly against the wishes of the state government is already pending before a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court.

READ: Congress says Modi govt ‘trampling’ on democracy, to move court

The Congress argument is that there is no provision, under the Constitution or Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, that empowers the Governor to advance (summon) the session of the assembly without consulting the chief minister and council of ministers.

“This is a very unfortunate political step that this government has taken. The Governor through his actions has already embarrassed himself. This act of the government to recommend President’s rule will also embarrass it. This government knows that it has no majority in the Rajya Sabha and this recommendation can never pass because it is politically motivated,” said senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.

READ: Arunachal: Making of the crisis

He said the BJP government has tried to “destabilise a border state”. “This is an act of political intolerance. The way intolerance is on the rise, be it the incident of Rohith (Vemula who committed suicide in Hyderabad) or the Governor’s intolerance, these are acts of political intolerance and (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi is the fountainhead of that intolerance,” said Sibal.

“They want to create instability. This is the political wisdom that this government has. This is an act of political intolerance. We have seen the kind of acts of intolerance that they have perpetrated.. This is their idea of cooperative federalism. The centre has to work with states, especially a border state. And look what they are doing. They seem to be interested not in the nation but making their presence where it has none,” he added.

The Congress has claimed that there was evidence, including audio tapes, to prove that the BJP “tried to manipulate” a majority in Arunachal by supporting the (Congress) dissidents and giving them money. “The matter is in the Supreme Court. I think they felt ‘what if that goes against them’. So they are trying to manipulate a majority in some other way. This will cost them heavily. We will challenge the imposition of President’s rule,” said Sibal.

“They are trying to bypass a matter which is sub judice by taking advantage of constitutional powers,” he said.

Reacting to the recommendation, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju told PTI: “The Union Cabinet has recommended the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh for the next six months. The question of BJP forming the government does not arise at all. It is the MLAs who will decide what to do in future.”

Trouble began for the Congress in Arunachal Pradesh when as many as 21 out of its 47 MLAs rebelled. The BJP has 11 MLAs in the 60-member House. Even the Deputy Speaker was among those who rebelled. While the Congress moved a motion demanding removal of the Deputy Speaker, the BJP sought the Speaker’s removal.

The Governor intervened and advanced a session of the assembly. He also sent a letter directing that the first item on the agenda of the session should be a resolution for removal of the Speaker. He directed that the Deputy Speaker, who is disgruntled with the Congress, “shall preside over the House from the first moment of the first sitting of the House in accordance with provisions in article 181(1) of the Constitution”.

The Governor’s message, dated December 9, further instructed that the procedures related to removal of the Speaker “shall be completed at the first sitting of the session itself” and that “until the session is prorogued, no presiding officer shall alter the party composition in the House.”

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    Sirius
    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:15 pm
    What is the option before governor if the majority of the legislators hand-over a signed letter that they do not support the CM ? Can the CM continue his administration pending the consutional Bench decision ? In my view , the administration of a minority govt. can only continue if fresh elections are announced. Else,if there is a possibility of govt formation, then first the presidents rule should be put in force, the prospective CM should stake his/her claim with letters of support , and who can them be invited by the governor to form govt. once they he/she proves majority in floor of house . I'm not sure if the same view will be held by the SC , which is unpredictable at best . See what happened in NJAC and Uphaar cases ....
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      crickin
      Jan 24, 2016 at 7:39 am
      Mr. PM -- why not some electoral reforms to avoid this kind of situations in future. After spending thousands of crores, hung sem b lies are consuted. No clear mandate. India is seeing these kind of verdicts since 1987 (one in 1977). Why not go for direct election to PM, CM, Mayor etc posts. That way people decide their head of govt, who will rule for next 5 or 4 yrs.
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        FekuSarkar
        Jan 24, 2016 at 8:50 pm
        Yet Moody 😞 will fail once more n taste Kararri HAAR!!!! Afterall he is Chaywala Feku..
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          Jim
          Jan 24, 2016 at 11:03 am
          I'm from arunachal and we the common people really support and appreciate this decision....looking forward for better tomorrow
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            Satendra kumar
            Jan 24, 2016 at 7:22 am
            The crisis in Arunachal Pradesh for political gambling come to a point where President Rule is important for peace and security for the state the stability for the states souls and prosperity for the people.
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              Minu
              Jan 24, 2016 at 11:14 am
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                MohdIrfan
                Jan 24, 2016 at 9:40 am
                Super news this CONGRESS GOONS looted this country 65 years still shame lessl jokers. I hate congress which make Muslims and Dalits there VOTE BANK and majority Muslims play in the hands of DYNASTY rulers they will get nothing CONGRESS show BJP to SCARE MUSLIMS and DALITS and get votes I support MODIJI in many issues including this one I VOTED BJP lost elections and I am very happy( MODI showed lots of development activity that never seen in CONGRESS rule they only make INDIA SCAMS /CORRUPT country) with MODI GOVT I will VOTE next elections to BJP . We should give MODI at least 10 years than you can compare how can some one compare 19 months MODI govt Vs 65 of years of CORRUPT CONGRESS RULE
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                  Anil Tandale
                  Jan 24, 2016 at 10:23 am
                  The anonymous Congress leader needs to be reminded that during the pendency of election appeal, the disqualified Prime Minister amended the Representative of People Act and also the Consution to nullify the High Court judgment.
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                    PN badri
                    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm
                    One more goof up by Modi and Co for parliament paralysis.
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                      Bijan Mohanty
                      Jan 24, 2016 at 4:42 pm
                      Sabotage by Modi Govt. Political intolerance at its worst.
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                        Bijan Mohanty
                        Jan 25, 2016 at 8:50 am
                        Recommendation of President's Rule is undemocratic as it will give opportunity to BJP for horse trading. If Modi Party is so confident of people's support, why not recommend for fresh elections ?
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                          Clyde
                          Jan 25, 2016 at 6:39 am
                          They should move a vote of no confidence when the next session of Parliament commences, why send a letter to the governor?
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                            Clyde
                            Jan 25, 2016 at 6:39 am
                            They should move a vote of no confidence when the next session of Parliament commences, why send a letter to the governor?
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                              Siv
                              Jan 25, 2016 at 8:26 am
                              Great... this should enable the Central Govt to boost up the security of the state from China and fortify it from intruders.
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                                Dooda ete
                                Jan 24, 2016 at 8:07 am
                                The state should be reverted back to a union territory for better all round development! Fed up with the political gimmicks!
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                                  Insaan
                                  Jan 24, 2016 at 10:12 am
                                  आस्चर्य है कि भारतीय समाचार को कोई रक्तचाप बढ़ाने के काम लाता है। मैंने तो लोगों को इसे पाखाने में टट्टी उतारने के लिए लेजाते देखा है!
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                                    babu
                                    Jan 24, 2016 at 8:05 am
                                    P e t u modee you will go down as a failed pms of guj rat history
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                                      ap
                                      Jan 24, 2016 at 8:32 am
                                      The only solution is to end British-era like colonial rule. Arunachal Pradesh along with the other north east countries should be granted full sovereignty, free from all outside interference.
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                                        jagar
                                        Jan 24, 2016 at 8:47 am
                                        Failure is in Governor exceeding his jurisdiction,not in Consution.embly has freedom to decide fait of Dy Speaker fist against whom a notice was pending.How can Governor decide that embly decide a matter whose notice has come later.21 Congress rebels get disqualified under Antidefection law.
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                                          jagar
                                          Jan 24, 2016 at 8:43 am
                                          Why? How will they defend themselves?
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                                            kris kumar
                                            Jan 24, 2016 at 9:46 am
                                            To keep the border safe from rouge China, Congressi must be eradicated from Arunachal. Corrupt Congressi can not look after the security of Arunachal never mind the country. President rule is the only option or have an election because many of the Congress MLA'S have already deserted and join BJP. Governor has no role in the desertion of Congressi.
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