Claiming a complete breakdown of law and order machinery in Arunachal Pradesh, the Centre Friday justified imposition of the President’s Rule in the state and told the Supreme Court that the Congress government had been in minority there for past several months.
Submitting its affidavit, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) pointed out that the state has been witness to recurrent insurgency as well as attempts by China to claims large parts of its territory and hence it is “imperative and in the interest of the country that the state is socially, economically and politically stable”.
The affidavit, settled by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, referred to six reports forwarded by Governor J P Rajkhowa to the President and to the ministry, corroborating the reasons for proclamation of Emergency and maintaining that there was a “serious political instability” in the state and a “war-like situation”.
It also attached various other documents in an attempt to substantiate that law and order had collapsed and that it was in these exceptional circumstances that Rajkhowa was compelled to recommend President’s Rule.
The Centre said that its proclamation of January 26 was “absolutely legal and valid” and asserted that locking of Assembly premises on the orders of the Congress Chief Minister and the Speaker between December 15 and 18, 2015 amounted to “locking of the Constitution of India”.
“The fact that the Speaker could lock down by an order the very premises of the Assembly and not allow legislators to even visit the Assembly is a grave act and subversive in the democratic set-up of the Constitution… the present political executive in Arunachal Pradesh does not command a majority in the legislative assembly,” said the affidavit.
The MHA took strong exception to various statements issued against the Governor by the former chief minister and other leaders, and emphasised that the Governor, who is the nominee of the President of India, is being publicly insulted and humiliated while the state administration is a “silent spectator”. Lending credence to the Governor’s reports, the Centre said that these reports clearly illustrated that the state is not being allowed to function within the constitutional framework and a constitutional authority was being demeaned for ulterior purposes.
It added that reports have further indicated about involvement of the ruling party with the outlawed NSCN — a banned unlawful organisation, to pressure dissident legislators for government formation.