Supreme Court asks Arunachal Pradesh Governor Rajkhowa to step down
The Supreme Court has asked Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa has been asked to put in his papers “on health grounds”, ‘Indian Express’ has reported. The decision comes weeks after the congress government was restored in the state by the apex court of the country.
A junior minister and a senior officer of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have conveyed to Rajkhowa that he should resign immediately. But the Governor, it is learnt, is in no mood to step down. Sources close to Rajkhowa said “there is apprehension that he may be dismissed anytime soon”
The Congress had demanded the immediate sacking of Governor Rajkhowa and an apology from all those involved in the decision to topple the Nabam Tuki government after the SC restored its government.
A Governor can remain in office for five years but his term is subject to the “pleasure of the President” and, in this case, if President Pranab Mukherjee agrees with the advice of the Centre, Rajkhowa will have to go.