New Twist in Arunachal Politics with High Court Intervention


The political situation in Arunachal Pradesh is witnessing a new turn with the Guwahati High Court temporarily suspending the ousting of Assembly speaker Nebam Rebia at a special session. The move was also followed by the voting out of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

The High Court has come heavily on Governor J.P. Rajkhowa with Justice Hrishikesh Roy observing that it was in violation of Articles 174 and 175 of the Indian Constitution that deals with convening of the session by Governor and his message to the Assembly House. The abeyance came after a writ petition was filed by the Speaker challenging the Governor’s notification of December 9th. The Governor had advanced the assembly session to December 16th from the scheduled day of 24th Jan 2016.

The Speaker’s impeachment was followed by the election of a rebel Congress MLA as the new Chief Minister, by other rebel Congress members and the BJP MLAs, that too at a hotel. There were 11 BJP MLAs and two independent MLAs. In a highly condemnable move, the speaker was impeached in a makeshift assembly premises in a community hall.

Justice Hrishikesh Roy also suspended the impugned decisions including the notification issued by the Deputy Speaker which restored the membership of 14 suspended MLAs and the holding of the “session” at a new place and also the decision taken at the “session” yesterday in which the Speaker was removed.

The judge allowed petitioner Kapil Sibal to implead the government of Arunachal Pradesh as a party respondent. The case is posted for next hearing on February 1, 2016.

Today, a no confidence motion moved by BJP MLAs and Independent MLAs was “adopted” with Deputy Speaker T Norbu Thongdok, who is also a rebel Congressman, in the Chair.