NEW DELHI: With the Chief whip of the ruling party in Arunachal Pradesh filing a petition against the imposition of the president’s rule, the apex court has issued notices to the Central government and the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh seeking a copy of the Governor’s report ‘claiming the emergency condition’ in Arunachal Pradesh.
The five-judge constitutional bench headed by Justice J.S. Khehar commented, “It is a very sensitive case. We need to examine the grounds on which the emergency had been declared and whether the said ‘emergency condition’ as described by the Governor, ‘really prevails’. We would like to make sure that Article 356 is not miss-used by the Centre”.
The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa in his report to the President on January 12 said that the state government has completely failed to maintain peace and harmony in the state. The Governor stated that he had also received complaints from MLA’s on Chief Minister Tuki’s alleged meetings with NSCN-K, a banned terror outfit in Arunachal Pradesh.
In addition, the report said that the Governor was unable to discharge his duties due to the lack of support from the ruling party MLAs. The Governor alleged that the ruling government openly criticized him through public statements and press releases for discharging his duties, constitutionally.
However, the main reason for the Central cabinet to recommend President rule will be on the point that the State government has failed to maintain peace in the state and that the Government had also failed to conduct an assembly session in a period of 6 months, which is mandatory as per the constitution of India.