Arunachal Pradesh under Presidential Rule
Arunachal Pradesh has come under President’s rule on the cabinet’s recommendation in an special meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 January.
President Pranab Mukherjee apparently signed the order to impose President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh at a time when senior most Supreme Court judges are hearing petitions linked to the political crisis there. The development is likely to conflagrate into a political controversy with the Congress vowing to fight the decision.
According to sources, the government had consulted the Attorney General of India and took a decision that the situation in Arunachal Pradesh warranted central intervention. On 24 January, the Congress had said it would fight the central government’s move in a court of law. Former union minister Kapil Sibal
said, “The Centre’s move will destabilise the state. This is nothing but political intolerance andNarendra Modi is the fountainhead of that intolerance.”
The political row in Arunachal Pradesh began on 16 December, 2015 when 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 BJP and two independent members to impeach speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue. Chief minister Nabam Tuki and 26 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly had boycotted it. Tuki had alleged Governor Rajkhowa had colluded with the rebel Congress lawmakers as a BJP agent by calling an assembly session ahead of time.
On 17 December last, the rebels and opposition MLAs collected at a community hall to vote out Nabam Tuki and also elect his replacement. A no-confidence motion moved by BJP MLAs and Independents was adopted during the proceeding chaired by deputy speaker T Norbu Thongdok. The Gauhati High Court first put on hold the decisions taken at the rebel session. After the HC dismissed the petition, the speaker moved the Supreme Court, which, in turn, referred the case to a Constitutional bench.