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Took every decision based on Constitution… have not interfered: Arunachal Governor J P Rajkhowa

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Governor J P Rajkhowa blame each other for the crisis in the state.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | New Delhi | Updated: December 18, 2015 8:04:46 am
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The Chief Minister has accused you of taking decisions without consulting his council of ministers — even on summoning the state assembly.

Every decision that I have taken is purely on the basis of various provisions of the Constitution. There is not a single step in which I have flouted the Constitution, law or rules. The Constitution has given powers and discretions to the Governor to summon the assembly session. Article 174 specifically empowers the Governor to summon and also prorogue the assembly, including cancelling a session or rescheduling it.

You have been accused of interfering in the day-to-day functioning of the govt.

There is no question of interference. A Governor has the power to call officers and ministers to discuss things. But, if the CM considers it as interference when I send a query on the basis of public complaints, then he is definitely wrong.

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The Congress has alleged that you have conspired to dislodge the government and install a BJP government.

That is totally false. That has not happened. Let them come out with a list of BJP leaders who have allegedly conspired with the Governor to topple the Tuki government. I am not responsible for any dissidence in the ruling party. Moreover, this dissidence has been going on for a long time, much before I came here.

Why did you advance the assembly session from to December 16?

There was a notice to the assembly secretary from some opposition members for a resolution to remove the Speaker. They also sent a copy to the Governor with a prayer to prepone the assembly session, because such a notice has to be ideally disposed of after a 14-day period.

Moreover, according to the Constitution, when there is a notice for removal of the Speaker, he cannot preside when that matter comes up. So I asked the Deputy Speaker to preside. It is as simple as that. But what has happened is that the assembly secretariat refrained from replying to as many as three letters from Raj Bhavan regarding the receipt of that particular resolution. That is why I issued the order and message on December 9, under specific provisions of the Constitution, for holding the session from December 16.

Is there a constitutional crisis in the state?

Definitely. When the Speaker’s office or assembly secretariat do not respond to the Governor’s queries, and when the Speaker disqualifies some MLAs on grounds of defection without giving them the opportunity to be heard, it is surely a constitutional crisis. .

The Chief Minister has written to the President against you.

The Governor has been maligned… The CM and his government do not seem to bother to respond to my queries and letters. Of the 18 letters I wrote to the state government, I have so far received replies to only eight. Isn’t this strange?

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