Five officials of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) are reported missing after landslide and torrential rains hit Bhalukpong in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday.Officials said the incident was reported around noon after a IB hut in the area was hit by a landslide. At least two people have been reported killed in the area due to the natural disaster.A team of 30 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force personnel have reached the affected area and are looking for the missing officials, they said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Kameng district Superintendent of Police A Koan had earlier said that the landslide occurred when a small hillock near the Old Inspection Bungalow caved in and buried several houses.
Beijing, Jun 16 (PTI) Downplaying reports of scuffles between Indian and Chinese troops during PLA troops
transgression into Arunachal Pradesh, China on thursday said it was committed to peace and tranquility at the border areas.
“We have noted that the Indian official has clarified the situation saying that there is no transgression as reported in the media,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said replying to a question on reports of scuffles between the two forces.
“China’s position on the East part of the border line is clear,” he said in apparent reference to China’s claims over Arunachal Pradesh as part of Southern Tibet.
“As I said it was a regular patrol by Chinese border troops and China is committed to the peace and tranquility of the border area,” he said.
In his comments on the border transgression by over 200 Chinese troops into Arunachal Pradesh on 9 June, Lu on Wednesday said that China and India border has not yet been demarcated.
“It is learnt that China’s border troops were conducting normal patrols on the Chinese side of the LAC (Line of Actual Control),” Lu said.
The big contingent of PLA soldiers stayed in the area for few hours and left for their base, the reports said.
On the issue of incursions, China has been maintaining the same stand whenever its troops crossed into the Indian side of the LAC stating that both countries have difference perception about it.
The LAC covers the 3,488 km long border. While China says that the boundary dispute is confined to 2,000 kms, mainly in Arunachal Pradesh, India asserts that the dispute covers the whole of the LAC including the Aksai Chin occupied by China during the 1962 war.
The two countries have so far held 19 rounds of boundary talks by Special Representatives.
The incursion into Arunachal Pradesh came at a time when China is opposing India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on the ground that India has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Asked about reports that Chinese vessel tailed Indian naval ships taking part in the Malabar naval exercises in the Pacific along with the US and Japanese navies, Lu said, “I am not aware of the details. It seems that some people are intent to linking this incidents and everyone should be careful about their hidden motives.”
A scuffle had broken out between troops of Indian Army and Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) when the 276 Chinese personnel entered the Indian side from four different border points in Arunachal Pradesh last Thursday, according to an official account of the incident on Wednesday.The incident occurred at ‘Shankar Tikri’ on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of Yangtse area in Arunachal Pradesh with the PLA claiming the area belonged to China. The area, which is being guarded by the Indian Army, was immediately covered and army moved in its men to prevent the aggressive PLA troops from crossing the perceived LAC in the region.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An estimated 215 PLA troops reportedly tried to push their way at ‘Shakar Tikri’ and simultaneously 20 each from ‘Thang La’ and ‘Mera Gap’ and another 21 from ‘Yanki-I’ of Arunachal Pradesh made similar attempts.During the normal banner drill, the PLA troops striking an aggressive posture tried to attack the Indian army personnel physically but were overpowered immediately, official sources said on Wednesday. The sources said the army has officially reported that there was only a “mild scuffle” between the Army and PLA at east of ‘Shankar Tikri’.Tensions reportedly eased only after four PLA officers accompanied by an interpreter met Commanding Officer of the Indian army formation in the area and presented him with two packets of chocolates and one gift packet to the in-charge of Yanki-I post.Yangtse is one of the identified disputed pockets between the two countries and is an Indian territory. PLA carries out unusually big patrols as compared to other areas along the LAC. The area has been reportedly witnessing transgressions by the Chinese side at regular intervals since 2011. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the scuffle had ended with exchange of chocolates.”The Chinese troops went back with a sweet note,” he told reporters in New Delhi.
Landslide triggered by heavy rains have cut off road communication to Hayuliang in remote Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh but there was no report of any loss of life.Heavy rains have lashed Anjaw for the past 26 days and official sources said Hayuliang has remained cut off since on Sunday. Landslides at several places destroyed three government quarters and the cement concrete steps at Chingraliang village.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was, however, no report of any loss of life. A cardamom drying shed was also washed away in the rain, Hayuliang additional development commissioner B Towsik said, adding men and materials, however, were evacuated.The offices of the additional deputy commissioner, forest range, PWD sub divisional and SBI building are under landslide threat, Towsik said. Road connectivity to the additional deputy commissioner’s office at his official residence is also disrupted.Towsik, circle officer Tojum Ete along with a team of sub-divisional disaster management committee visited the flood-prone areas of the town and urged the people to move to safer places until rain stops. Deputy Commissioner M Riba in a report to the state government has appealed for engaging a team of experts to study the climatic condition of the area.
Amid escalating confrontation with the government, Congress on Saturday announced a gherao of Parliament on May 6 to highlight issues like Uttarakhand, drought and the campaign of “deceit and deliberate lies” against opposition.Party chief Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi and a host of other leaders and party workers would march from Jantar Mantar early morning on next Friday to gherao Parliament. Last year, the Congress had organised a rally at Ram Lila grounds on April 19 to protest the controversial Land acquisition bill which it had dubbed as “anti-farmer and pro-corporate”. Before that Sonia Gandhi had led a march of opposition leaders to Rashtrapati Bhawan on the issue. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The announcement was made by party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala, who said the gherao would be the culmination of a “save democracy” march. He said it is being undertaken in the wake of attempts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government to “topple” duly elected governments as was witnessed in the “conspiracies” in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.In an obvious reference to the AgustaWestland issue, he said the march was also against the “drama” being enacted by the BJP and the government and the campaign of “deceit and deliberate lies” launched by it. Surjewala said that the march was also to highlight the drought and the agrarian crisis that has forced a spate of suicides by farmers and has affected 40 crore people spread over large number of states.A party leader said workers from adjoining states of Delhi like Haryana, Rajasthan and western Uttar Pradesh would participate in the protest action. In Jaipur, PCC President Sachin Pilot said the Rajasthan unit of the party will participate in the march.”We have seen the undemocratic face of the Modi government in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand,” he said.Sonia Gandhi, who took over as party chief in March 1998, had that year led a march of party workers in Delhi on the issue of price rise. That time the A B Vajpayee government was at the helm.
NIA has filed a charge sheet against an NSCN-IM militant in connection with the ambush on an army convoy in Arunachal Pradesh on April 2, 2015, in which three jawans were killed.The charge sheet was filed before a National Investigation Agency Special Court for Arunachal Pradesh at Yupia on Thursday in which NSCN(IM) militant Kapai alias Singmayo Kapai, a resident of Nagaland, has been named as the key accused.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NIA told the court that it would continue further investigation in the case as certain other accused are yet to be apprehended, a release issued by the agency said on Friday.According to NIA, militants belonging to NSCN(IM) ambushed the convoy of army soldiers on April 2 on Khonsa-Longding road near Tupi village, about 15 km from Khonsa Police Station in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh. Three army personnel were killed and three others were seriously injured in the incident.During the course of investigation, NIA collected evidence from the field as well as technical and forensic evidence, which was submitted along with the charge sheet to the Special Court.
US Consul General in Kolkata Craig L Hall on Friday said the US government is very clear that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India. Craig said this during a meeting with Chief Minister Kalikho Pul while referring to the repeated claims of China over Arunachal Pradesh territory, an official release said.Through Craig, Pul also asked the United States government to help rectify Google Maps wherein China has indicated Arunachal and some parts of Assam as a part of its territory. Craig said India’s Act East Policy could be strengthened if road connectivity in the region is developed well, as Arunachal is located in a strategically important position having international borders with China, Myanmar and Bhutan, it said. Private companies of the United States are looking for ways, though difficult it seems, for more connectivity in the region so that pace of developmental activities can be accelerated, he said. “In fact, the US government is working with the Indian counterpart to promote business relations with North East India,” he said, adding that the state has potential in hydro-power and tourism sectors.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He put forward his opinion to the chief minister for global tendering of the hydro-power and infrastructure developments projects of the state, so that the advertisement could be sent to the companies in the US, the release said. Seeking US support in developing road connectivity and harnessing hydropower of the state, the Chief Minister said Western investors should feel free to invest in Arunachal. The chief minister also sought the help of the US for capacity building, particularly in training, support and equipment for dealing with natural disasters.
ALSO READ Dispute over Arunachal Pradesh an ‘undeniable fact’, says ChinaPul further sought the assistance of the United States in getting loans from Asian Development Bank and other institutions for various development projects in the state, the release added.
Congress in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday boycotted the swearing-in ceremony of the Mehbooba Mufti government in protest against the imposition of the President’s rule in Arunachal Paradesh and Uttarakhand, and termed the new PDP-BJP combine as an “unholy” alliance. BJP, however, was quick to hit back at Congress and asked it to “look into the past” when its governments at the Centre “dismissed” non-Congress dispensations in the states. “We boycotted the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Minister Mufti as this coalition was unholy from the very beginning. The BJP-PDP government is a plan of RSS,” J&K Congress Chief Gulam Ahmed Mir told reporters. “RSS is destroying all institutions in the country. First they destroyed educational institutions and other bodies and now they are targeting elected forums…like in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand. It (the boycott) was aimed at protesting this,” Mir said. “We were to stage protests in all districts but postponed them because a constitutional activity was going on,” he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who was here to attend the swearing-in ceremony, however, criticised the opposition party by listing instances when its governments at the Centre “dismissed” non-Congress governments in the states. “Congress is a very experienced party. It remained in power for several decades…It is unfortunate that it boycotted the swearing-in ceremony of a democratically elected government in Jammu and Kashmir,” he told reporters at Raj Bhawan. “I want to tell my friends from Congress that the reason they have given is not a justified reason,” he said.Naidu said the first non-Congress government was formed in Kerala in 1957 and dismissed by the Congress dispensation in 1959. “In Andhra Pradesh, they dismissed another non-Congress government in the past. They also dismissed the Karunanidhi government in Tamil Nadu,” he said. “President’s rule was imposed seven times during the Jawaharlal Nehru era and 50 times during the Indira Gandhi government. Six times during Rajiv Gandhi’s period, 11 in Narsimha Rao’s and ten during Manmohan Singh’s tenure,” Naidu said.”During Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi’s tenure, it was imposed only six times,” he said. “In Arunachal Pradesh, the trouble did not start because of the Centre…It was started by a Congress MLA only. There were internal problems. “They made an issue of it to boycott the swearing-in ceremony. It is unfortunate that Congress do not believe in the ethics of democracy and are resorting to criticism. They should look into their past,” the Union Minister said. BJP National General Secretary Ram Madav said, “It is very unfortunate that Congress boycotted the ceremony. It is a moment of celebration of democracy.”
Congress has decided to stay away from tomorrow’s swearing-in ceremony of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister-designate Mehbooba Mufti, terming the PDP-BJP coalition as “unholy alliance”.LIVE England vs West Indies final T20, ICC World T20″We have decided to stay away from tomorrow’s swearing-in ceremony of chief minister-designate Mehbooba Mufti as this coalition was unholy from the very beginning and they have once again forged this unholy alliance,” chief state spokesman of Congress Ravinder Sharma said. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place at Raj Bhawan here at 11 am.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Both PDP and BJP have disrespected the mandate of the people, as they won the mandate by pitting people against each other on all ideological and core issues of Jammu and Kashmir and for the greed of power they decided to come closer,” Sharma said.He said even PDP had admitted that forging an alliance with BJP was an “unpopular decision”. He said Congress’s decision to stay away from the swearing -in ceremony was also aimed at marking the protest against the “undemocratic removal” of the Congress governments in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.”The BJP-RSS combine has dislodged two democratically- elected governments in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh. They are involved in a conspiracy to dislodge and destabilise Congress-ruled states, hence we decided to stay away from the swearing-in ceremony,” Sharma said.
New Delhi: The government is exploring ways to fast-track rural electrification in Odisha, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Assam, which are home to most un-electrified villages.
The matter came up for discussion at a recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official source said.
“During the meeting, the Prime Minister was apprised of the status of village electrification. The Power Ministry said… the states like Odisha, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Assam were the states with most un-electrified villages,” the source added.
The ministry will continue to monitor power supply to the villages for 3-4 years, post electrification.
Prime Minister Modi had earlier spoken about the process of rural electrification doing “exceedingly well”.
“During 2015-16, 7,012 villages have been electrified till date (March 28). Out of remaining 11,440 villages, 7,843 villages are to be electrified through grid, 3,148 are to be electrified through off-grid where grid solutions are out of reach due to geographical barriers and 449 villages are to be electrified by state governments,” the ministry had said in a press release.
A total of 1,654 villages were electrified during April-August 2015 and 5,358 have been added to this list during August 15 last year to March 27 this year.
The progress is also being monitored through Gram Vidyut Abhiyanta (GVA).
The Centre has set a target of electrifying 18,452 un-electrified villages by May 1, 2018.
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday accused BJP of spending “hundreds of crores” of rupees in an attempt to topple his government with the help of Governor, echoing allegations of his Himachal counterpart that BJP was trying to destablise Congress governments in states.
“BJP spent lots of money. They wasted hundreds of crores before the Bihar elections to topple the government in Assam. They tried it by taking Himanta (Biswa Sarma) and other MLAs,
but they could not do it,” Gogoi told a press conference here targeting the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had launched a blistering attack on the Congress leader during the recent poll rallies in Assam.
Sarma, once a trusted Congress minister of Gogoi who is presently in BJP, had almost garnered the support of 35 MLAs and tried the same tactics used in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand of shifting the base to BJP, he claimed.
“The Governor (Padmanabha Balakrishan Acharya) was also involved in this. Without his support how is it possible? That is why, the Centre is not appointing a permanent Governor in Assam. That is why they are appointing all RSS people as Governors,” Gogoi alleged.
He further said if the 35 MLAs, whose support was shown to be withdrawn from Gogoi’s leadership in front of the Congress High Command, had really shifted their allegiance to BJP, the government would have fallen instantly.
Gogoi also regretted his decision to trust Sarma during his tenure with the Congress.
“Yes, I trusted him a lot. He betrayed a simple man like me. Himanta and all his supporters were not original Congressmen. They come and go. Himanta was with ULFA, then AASU, AGP, Congress and now (a) BJP man,” he said.
Talking about the Uttarakhand crisis, the Chief Minister said the entire development is “just a murder of democracy”.
“You did it in Arunachal and now Uttarakhand. The government was to test its majority next day and you (Centre) toppled it. (This is) Hitler in India! This is dictatorial and a murder of democracy,” he alleged.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had accused the Modi dispensation of trying to “destabilise and topple” his government by using central agencies. He alleged the Centre has been destabilising Congress-ruled states one by one and cited examples of Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand where President’s Rule was imposed.
Close to 200 border road projects in critical areas within 100 km radius of the line of actual control (LAC) that were given approvals over the last five years have failed to see the light of the day either due to resource unavailability or bureaucratic hurdles.These projects lie in 12 states that share international borders and are to be undertaken by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) that comes under the ministry of defence (MoD)<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>MoD has urged the chief Secretaries of these state governments to constitute Empowered Committees with Secretaries of concerned departments as members to resolve issues related to land acquisition, forest and wildlife clearance, allotment of quarries and other such issues.Following this, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have constituted the Empowered Committee to resolve the issues pertaining to BRO.The ministry of environment & Forest (MoEF) has given the general approval under section 2 of forest (conservation) Act, 1980 for diversion of forest land required for construction, widening of roads entrusted to BRO in the area falling within 100 kilometers aerial distance from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and for link roads between Border Roads in the area within 100 kilometer aerial distance from LAC and National Highways, State Highways and other roads subject to certain conditions.However, MoD says delays in execution of road projects are mainly because of forest and wildlife clearances, hard rock stretches, limited working seasons in the year, especially in higher altitude areas, difficulties in availability of construction material and delay in land acquisition.While Jammu and Kashmir, that shares borders with Pakistan and China has the highest number of 70 stuck up road projects, followed by Arunachal Pradesh (48), Uttarakhand (17), Rajasthan (14), Sikkim and Manipur 12 each, Mizoram (8), Nagaland (6), Punjab (5), Himachal Pradesh(4), Assam and west Bengal one each.
Alarmed over the swearing in of Kalikho Pul as Chief Minister of Arunchal Pradesh, a Congress delegation on Saturday met President Pranab Mukherjee and expressed apprehension of “similar experiments” by Centre to overthrow duly elected governments in other Northeast states.The Congress delegation comprising party MPs from the Northeastern states, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and V Narayanasamy, Congress in-charge of the Northeast also told the President that attempts are being made to “create communal divide” and implicate leaders from the Northeastern states in “false” cases.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The manner and method in which the established Government of Arunachal Pradesh led by Nabam Tuki has been destabilised is an experiment, we fear, will be replicated in other Congress led Northeastern states,” the memorandum said.The delegation also alleged that all Governors appointed by the BJP are either committed members of the RSS or are committed to that ideology or wish to take forward the agenda of the BJP and the RSS.”The manner in which a communal divide is sought to be created in all of the Northeastern states, is dangerous for the unity of India. Besides, these states are bordering states, and destabilising them has serious security ramifications. We believe attempts are being made to implicate leaders of the Northeastern states in false cases so that they are handicapped to work for the people,” Mukul Sangma said.He alleged that many Centrally sponsored schemes have either been stopped or its funding has been drastically reduced by the NDA government.”These acts are against the people of Northeast. It is also brought to your notice that the Special Category status to the Northeast states by the previous governments have been withdrawn. This again is detrimental to the interests of the people of the Northeast and overall development of these states,” Sangma added.Pul, who had led a revolt against the leadership of former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, was administered the oath office and secrecy by Arunachal Pradesh Governor K P Rajkhowa on Friday. Pul, 48, heads a government that has the support of 19 dissident Congress MLAs, 11 of BJP from outside and two Independents, in the 60-member state Assembly.
Former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki on Saturday blamed RSS and BJP for the dismissal of his government, alleging that their aim was to topple all Congress governments in the Northeast.Tuki, whose Congress government was dismissed by imposition of President’s rule on January 26 after 21 party MLAs revolted against him, also alleged that Governor J P Rajkhowa and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju worked “to overthrow his democratically elected popular government”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The whole dissidence was funded and controlled by RSS and BJP. They just want to topple all Congress governments in the Northeast. RSS and BJP were firing through the shoulders of Congress dissident MLAs,” he said at a press conference.Tuki’s statement came a day after leader of the Congress dissidents, Kalikho Pul, was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh following withdrawal of President’s rule.The former Chief Minister, flanked by 26 MLAs loyal to him, said whenever the NDA came to power, the governments in Arunachal Pradesh were destabilised — be it in the time of (former Chief Ministers) Gegong Apang or be it during Mukut Mithi.Tuki claimed every effort was made by Governor Rajkhowa “to trample on democracy and defy the Constitution” to remove the Congress government.”There was no reason to dismiss my government. There was no law and order problem, there was no internal disturbance. Still, President’s rule was imposed undemocratically and unconstitutionally,” he said.The Congress leader accused Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju of supporting and instigating dissident MLAs against his (Tuki’s) leadership.Demanding removal of Rajkhowa as Governor, former Congress MP Takam Sanjay said democracy and Constitution “were murdered in Arunachal Pradesh and this may lead to serious law and order problems in the sensitive border state”.”Modi ji, please stop treating us as second class citizen. We are as much Indian as anyone else. Don’t turn Arunachal Pradesh as another Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.Congress has governments in Manipur, Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram in the Northeast. A revolt by Congress dissidents led by Pul led to a political crisis in Arunachal Pradesh that finally led to imposition of President’s rule on January 26.Tuki has the support of 26 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly. Congress, which had 47 MLAs in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers revolted against Tuki’s leadership.Eleven BJP MLAs and two independents backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified by the Speaker.
Guwahati: Dissident Congress lawmaker Kalikho Pul was on Friday was sworn in as the new chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, which has been under Presidents’ Rule since January 25 following political instability.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa swore him the oath of office and secrecy at a beief function organised at the Raj Bhavan in the hilly state around 9.30 p.m.
The development came after President Pranab Mukherjee earlier in the day approved the recommendation of the union cabinet for revocation of the President’s Rule.
BJP leader Tapir Gaon said that only Pul, who was elected as leader of the house by 31 legislators, took oath of office and secrecy.
The new chief minister will induct his ministers at a later date.
The BJP said it will lend support to the new government from outside only and will not be its part.
The Supreme court on Thursday paved the way for the formation of the new government by disposing of Congress leader Nabam Tuki’s plea for an interim direction that his party be allowed to go for a floor test in the house and vacated its earlier order for maintenance of status quo.
On Monday, Pul and another 31 MLAs, including 18 Congress legislators, 11 of BJP and two Independents, met the governor and submitted a memorandum to stake claim to form the government.
The legislators reaffirmed their support to Pul to head the council of ministers and that he may be sworn in at the end of the President’s Rule Arunachal Pradesh.
Political situation in the north-eastern state turned volatile after the governor advanced an assembly session from January 2016 to December 2015.
While the then chief minister Nabam Tuki and his supporters boycotted the session, the dissident Congress and BJP legislators, and two Independents, took part in the session held first at a community hall and then at a hotel.
The legislators impeached Speaker Nabam Rebia by a voice vote and moved a no- confidence motion against the chief minister, forcing both to move the Guwahati High Court and subsequently the Supreme Court.
Hailing from a border village in remote Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China, Kalikho Pul trekked a long way in his political career to became the eighth chief minister of the state.Representing Hayuliang Assembly constituency, Pul has the distinction of being the longest serving Finance Minister of the state under various chief ministers including Gegong Apang, Mukut Mithi and Late Dorjee Khandu.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Born in July 20, 1969 to Tailum Pul and Koranlu Pul at Walla Village under Hawai circle of Anjaw district, Kalikho did his graduation in humanities from Indira Gandhi Government College at Tezu in Lohit district.With spouse Dangwimsai Pul, Kalikho is the proud father of five sons. His political innings started in 1995 when he was elected as an MLA from Hayuliang constituency and became the minister of state for Finance in the Mukut Mithi government.There was no looking back for Kalikho as he won from the constituency consecutively for five terms and served minister of state for Power, Finance, Land Management. He was cabinet minister for departments like Health and Finance and Planning, RWD, Taxation, Fisheries and Law & Justice and Women and Child Development, Social Justice, Empowerment and Tribal Affairs.He was also the executive member of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee for 13 years and Pradesh Election Committee Member for 7 years. He travelled extensively through the length and breadth of India and had visited countries like England, Brazil, France, Spain and Saudi Arabia.Kalikho is interested in reading, travelling and sports including chess and badminton. He has also special interest in social service, community service, attending poor and destitute persons.
With the Supreme Court paving the way for government formation, President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh was lifted on Friday that could usher in a new dispensation headed by dissident Congress leader Kalikho Pul. Pul’s swearing-in ceremony is set to take place on Friday night. President Pranab Mukherjee has given his approval to the Union Cabinet’s recommendation for revocation of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, a Home Ministry official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The President’s nod came after the last ditch effort of Congress leader and deposed Chief Minister Nabam Tuki seeking an interim direction that his party be allowed to go for a floor test in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly to prove majority was rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday.The Union Cabinet had recommended the withdrawal of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday after Pul, accompanied by 31 MLAs, including Congress rebels, BJP and independents met Governor J P Rajkhowa and stake claim to form a new government.A revolt by Congress dissidents led by Pul led to a political crisis in the state that finally led to imposition of President’s rule on January 26. Tuki reportedly has the support of 26 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly.Congress, which had 47 MLAs in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers revolted against Tuki’s leadership. Eleven BJP MLAs and two independents backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified by the Speaker.The Supreme Court was considering pleas against imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh and also hearing petitions seeking examination of constitutional schemes on the scope of discretionary powers of the Governor.After Centre’s recommendation for withdrawal of President’s rule, Congress moved to the Supreme Court and got an order for maintenance of status quo in the crisis-ridden state till it examined judicial and assembly records on disqualification of 14 rebel Congress MLAs by former Speaker Nabam Rebia.However, on Thursday, the apex court virtually paved the way for government formation in Arunachal Pradesh by vacating its order on maintenance of status quo, after being satisfied with the Gauhati High Court order staying the disqualification of the 14 rebel Congress MLAs.Congress again moved the Supreme Court today but the Supreme Court rejected its plea for an interim direction that it be allowed to go in for a floor test in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly to prove majority.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered status quo in Arunachal Pradesh till it peruses records pertaining to disqualification of 14 rebel Congress MLAs by the Speaker.The apex court also asked the Secretary General of Arunachal Pradesh Assembly and the Guwahati High Court to furnish records on disqualification of the MLAs by Thursday. The Supreme Court had earlier questioned Governor JP Rajkhowa’s use of his “constitutional discretion” to advance the sixth session of the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly by over a month, asking whether it was backed by sound constitutional principles or based on a mere whim.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Advancing the session from its scheduled date of January 14, 2016 to December 16, 2015 in order to remove Speaker Nebam Rebia triggered the entire political crisis leading to the imposition of President’s Rule on January 26.The apex court bench’s questions pertained to the order issued by Rajkhowa on December 9, 2015 to advance the Assembly session without consulting Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his Council of Ministers under Article 174 (1) of the Constitution.
The security forces gunned down four militants at Lohit District near Assam and Arunachal Pradesh border on Tuesday morning.Out of the four slain militants, three belong to the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) (NSCN (K)) while one belongs to the United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) (ULFA (I)).The security personnel have also recovered one AK-56 rifle and two pistols in the operation.The operation is still underway.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor was not the aggrieved party, the Supreme Court said on Monday as it focussed on the decisions of Governor J P Rajkhowa to advance the assembly session and fix the agenda of the House.”In the facts of the case, the aggrieved party is either the Congress party or the MLAs (who had been disqualified by Speaker Nabam Rebia), then how does the Governor comes into picture, he is not aggrieved by anything,” a five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice J S Khehar said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bench did not agree with the submission that the Speaker was under clout and hence, Governor was justified in fixing the agenda that the House should first decide as to whether Rebia enjoyed majority support as the Speaker or not.”If Speaker was under clout, then these persons (disqualified MLAs) were also under clout. The Speaker had the complaints from the (Congress) Party and he acted on it,” the bench, also comprising justices Dipak Misra, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and N V Ramana, said.Senior advocate Ashok Desai, who represented 10 MLAs including the Leader of Opposition, said the Governor is not an aggrieved party but a “decision making authority” which has discretionary powers under the Constitution.During the hearing, the court wondered as to which of the two incidents — running a minority government or running the House by a Speaker who has lost majority support, was more harmful to the democracy.”We have to see which of these two incidents are more harmful to democracy, whether it’s running of the government which is in minority or the running of the House by the Speaker who has lost its confidence,” it said.The observation came after Desai justified the actions of Rajkhowa, saying he was compelled to act after the allegation against the Speaker came that he was “hand in glove with the Chief Minister and Congress party”.”There was an apprehension that the Speaker may disqualify the revolting MLAs who have expressed no confidence in him,” Desai said.The bench, hearing a batch of pleas on constitutional powers of the Governors, also observed during the hearing that it is in “dilemma” at this juncture as to who is correct.The bench said, “Here are 14 MLAs who are subject to disqualification, and on the other side is the Speaker who is also subject to disqualification. Action can be taken either way but at this juncture we don’t know.”The court further said it is also not very clear whether the Governor has the discreationary power to summon the House or not.”We are not very clear, whether he (governor) has the power to summon the House or was there an exceptional situation like a constitutional breakdown. We don’t know at this juncture as in that way he will be the legislative in-charge,” the bench said.Desai submitted that even if it is not mentioned in the Constitution, the discretionary powers of the Governor are recognised.”This is a power with the Governor which is not exercised regularly but it is available with him. Normal rule is that he acts on aid and advice of chief minister and council of ministers. Even if the power is not mentioned in the Constitution, it is recognised,” Desai argued and concluded his argument.To this, the bench observed, “the discretionary powers of the Governor cannot be blatant or absolute.”On February 11, the apex court had critically examined a decision of Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa ordering maintenance of the party-wise position of MLAs in the assembly and said he had “no role to play” in it, as the anti-defection aspect fell under the domain of the Speaker.Observing that democracy was part of the basic structure of the Constitution, the bench had said, hence, any “undemocratic” decision would be open to judicial review.Senior advocate T R Andhyarijuna, appearing for Rajkhowa, had defended the Governor’s decisions saying when the Speaker was under clout and part of a conspiracy with the state government, the Governor exercised his discretionary power which is “undefined” in the Constitution.
Dissident Congress MLAs from Arunachal Pradesh have met Rahul Gandhi in an apparent reconciliation bid but they stood firm on the demand for removal of deposed Chief Minister Nabam Tuki from CLP leadership to ensure that the future of the party is safe.Making it clear that they continue to be “devoted Congress workers”, 21 MLAs, led by Kalikho Pul, met Rahul on Thursday and complained against the “autocratic” manner adopted by Tuki in “crushing inner party democracy and misgovernance in government”. This was the first meeting of the rebels with the top leadership ever since they revolted against Tuki four months ago. One of the major complaints of the group was that the party leadership never listened to their grievances.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The delegation also complained against V Narayanasami, AICC general secretary in-charge of Arunachal Pradesh, and demanded his removal too. “We reiterated our view to Shri Rahulji that the future of Arunachal Pradesh and that of Congress is not at all secure in the hands of autocratic leader like Tuki and that he should be replaced immediately by handing over the reins to a more matured and visionary leader Kalikho Pul,” the dissident MLAs said in a statement.The MLAs said in their meeting with Rahul, they put forward their stand and and that their differences were with CLP leader Tuki was due to their “unceasing effort to uphold the party etiquette, morality, ethics and dignity”. The revolt by the dissidents led to a political crisis in the state that finally led to imposition of President’s rule on January 26.Congress party, which has 47 MLAs seats in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers rebelled. Eleven BJP MLAs and two independents backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified by the Speaker. The Supreme Court, which is considering pleas against imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, is hearing on petitions seeking examination of constitutional schemes on the scope of discretionary powers of the Governor.
The Supreme Court on Friday questioned Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa’s decision to advance the assembly session to December last year from this January, asking what difference would it have made if the sitting was held as originally scheduled.”What would be the change or the difference if the assembly proceedings would have taken place on pre-scheduled January 14 instead of December 16,” a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice J S Khehar said. The poser came when senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for some rebel Congress MLAs, said there were serious corruption charges against then Speaker Nabam Rebia and the Governor was empowered under the Constitution to advance the assembly session and instruct that the issue of removal of the Speaker be taken up as first item of business.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There has to be some object to be achieved by the Governor by wanting to advance the date,” the bench, which also comprised Justices Dipak Misra, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and N V Ramana, said. Responding on a lighter vein to the assertion that the Governor can summon and advance the assembly session, the bench asked, “does it mean that whenever he feels bored, he can call the assembly to feel the excitement?” The senior lawyer said “the Speaker, who is under clout, cannot and should not be allowed to preside over the house” and added that there was a very limited scope of judicial review in matters where the Governor exercises his powers under the Constitution.The bench, however, agreed with the contention of Dwivedi that on some occasions, the Governor is not bound to act as per the aid and advice of the Chief Minister and his council of ministers. “The governor is neither an agent nor an employee and is entitled to act on his own also,” the lawyer said. Yesterday, the court, which is examining the powers of Governors, had taken strong note of a submission that all decisions of the Governor are not open to judicial review.”If democracy is slaughtered, how can the court remain silent,” it had said when a counsel for a BJP MLA of crisis-hit Arunachal Pradesh referred to the powers of the Governors to drive home of the point that courts cannot “review” all the decisions of the Governor. Earlier, the bench had also summoned dispatch records, having details of correspondences of Arunachal Pradesh assembly from October to till date, on February 8 as it was not satisfied with documents produced by an official of the assembly. The bench wanted to ascertain certain communications between the office of the then Speaker, Nabam Rebia, and the Governor on issues like convening or advancing assembly session and disqualification of rebel Congress MLAs.The court would resume hearing on Monday on a batch of pleas filed by Rebia and other Congress leaders against the Gauhati High Court order in the case. Earlier, the bench had said that Governors are political appointees and their actions are open to judicial review as nowadays even judges are considered for such an assignment. BJP MLA Tage Taki had also questioned the delay on part of the Congress in moving the Gauhati High Court against the Governor’s decision to advance the assembly session.The Nabam Tuki government, which had initial support of 47 MLAs in 60 member house, allegedly lost the confidence motion by 33 votes in the assembly session held in a community hall in the state capital of Itanagar. The bench is also examining the authority of the Governor as to whether he can advance the assembly session without the aid and advice of the Chief Minister and his council of ministers.Congress party, which has 47 MLAs seats in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers rebelled. Eleven BJP MLAs backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified.The Governor then called the assembly session, scheduled on January 14, on December 16 in which Deputy Speaker revoked the disqualification of 14 rebel Congress MLAs and removed Rebia from the post of Speaker. This sitting was held in a community hall. The court is also considering fresh pleas against imposition of President’s Rule in the state and would hear them on February 8
The Supreme Court, which is considering pleas against imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, on Tuesday resumed hearing on earlier petitions seeking examination of constitutional schemes on the scope of discretionary powers of the Governor.A five-judge bench headed by Justice J S Khehar examined in detail certain communications between the offices of the Governor and the Chief Minister before the imposition of central rule in the crisis-hit hill state.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There are little more serious queries on it and we will raise them tomorrow,” the bench, also comprising Justices Dipak Misra, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and N V Ramana, said.The bench is also examining the authority of Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa as to whether he can advance the assembly session without the aid and advice of the Chief Minister and his council of ministers. The court, which has been hearing various pleas arising out of Gauhati High Court judgement in the political crisis case, now has to deal with many fresh petitions against the imposition of central rule in the state.Deposed Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, ex-Assembly speaker Nabam Rebia and some other Congress leaders have moved the apex court. On Monday, the court conceded its “mistake” and recalled a notice it issued to the state Governor in cases arising out of imposition of President’s Rule. It, however, rejected the Centre’s opposition in giving documents, seized from the former Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues after central rule was imposed, to them.The court, which will hear on Monday the pleas against the President’s rule, would tomorrow resume hearing on the petitions seeking examination of powers of Governors. Congress party, which has 47 MLAs seats in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers rebelled. Eleven BJP MLAs backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified.The Governor then called assembly session on December 16 in which Deputy Speaker revoked disqualification of 14 rebel Congress MLAs and removed Rebia from the post of Speaker. This sitting was held in a community hall in Itanagar.
The Central Government on Friday submitted a reply in the Supreme Court justifying the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh.In its reply, the Centre said that Congress Government in Arunachal Pradesh is in a minority. Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa had submitted his reply to the apex court on Thursday in which he had claimed that former chief minister Nabam Tuki and his ministers had made it impossible for him to discharge his duties.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to reports, Rajkhowa accused Tuki of communal politics by provoking local tribesmen and funding public protests to seek his ouster. He also alleged that he was abused, threatened and nearly assaulted by some ministers. Rajkhjowa also claimed that he and his family feared for their lives because of the actions of Tuki and his supporters.Meanwhile, Tuki has filed a fresh petition in the Supreme Court challenging the promulgation. President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday had given his assent to Union Cabinet’s decision to impose the President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh. The six month mandatory period to have an Assembly session in the state had lapsed on 21st of this month.
In a setback to the BJP-led central government, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday described the Arunachal Pradesh crisis as “too serious a matter” and ordered the Centre to produce ‘confidential’ report sent by governor J P Rajkhowa.The apex court’s strong remarks came even as attorney general Mukul Rohatgi raised preliminary objection contending that the fresh plea does not challenge the notification on promulgation of President’s rule.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bench led by Justice J S Khehar asked Rohatgi not to raise “technical objections” when he persisted with his argument that ‘rules are rules’ and should apply equally to all.Supreme Court’s initial reaction came as a shot in the arm for the Congress that called imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh “a sledgehammer blow to Indian federalism” tantamount to “worst misuse of Article 356 of the Constitution”.”Since the matter is already under the consideration of the Supreme Court, propriety demanded that the government should have awaited the outcome of the deliberations of the Supreme Court,” Congress leader Manish Tewari said.In dramatic turn of events, Centre on the basis of governor’s report sent on January 24 imposed President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh on January 26 despite Congress petitioning the Supreme Court in between and seeking itsintervention on an urgent basis.The fresh plea filed by advocates Fali S Nariman and Kapil Sibal is being seen as significant as the five-judge bench of the apex court is examining constitutional provisions on the scope of discretionary powers of the governor.A team of senior lawyers posted by the Congress that includes Fali S Nariman, Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhawan and Vivek Tankha has opposed the plea of the governor seeking to maintain secrecy of his report and recommendation, insisting that a larger bench of more than five judges has already laid down the proposition on this aspect.Maintaining a tough posture, the bench asked additional solicitor general Satpal Jain to only mention the date of report recommending President’s rule to opposite parties during the course of the day when he sought to maintain secrecy of the report and the recommendation for the President’s rule.The bench, however, sought the report and recommendation on imposition of the President’s rule in a sealed cover for its own perusal.Observing that no interim order can be obtained unless the parties see the grounds for proclamation for President’s rule, the bench said, “Unless we get the grounds for recommending the President’s rule, we cannot proceed. If grounds are not same in the proclamation then it is totally a different ball game.”It posted the matter for February 1 for hearing but asked the governor and the Union home ministry to file their responses on an urgent basis by Friday on petitions filed by Congress, including the plea of Rajesh Tacho, chiefwhip of Congress Legislature party in the state assembly.The bench has also allowed the petitioners to amend their plea by Friday.Congress, which has 47 MLAs in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of them rebelled in October last year and were backed up by 11 BJP MLAs in the bid to upstage the Nabam Tuki government. The 14 rebel Congress MLAs were later disqualified.The governor, without seeking council of ministers’ permission, called assembly session in a community hall on December 16 in which deputy speaker revoked disqualification of 14 rebel Congress MLAs and removed Rebia from the post of Speaker.
Hitting back at Congress over the political crisis in Arunachal Pradesh, BJP said the impasse was caused by its internal crisis and dismissed its criticism of the Modi government for imposing President’s rule as an attempt to deflect blame.Citing over a “century” scored by previous Congress governments in imposing President’s rule in states, it said such an “undemocratic” party should not blame an elected government for doing its “constitutional duty”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There was no assembly session for six months as envisaged by the Constitution. Even Congress rebel MLAs have blamed the then chief minister Nabam Tuki for the crisis in the state. Congress should not put the blame on us for its internal crisis,” party’s national secretary Shrikant Sharma said while justifying the President’s rule.Suggesting that a lingering political crisis in the state would have worsened the matters, he said it was a border state and needed order.Also read- Arunachal Pradesh crisis: SC seeks report from Governor over President’s rule in the stateCongress had earlier in the day slammed the government for imposing President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, saying it is a “sledgehammer blow” to Indian federalism and “misuse” of the Constitution.”Congress blames BJP for everything. It blamed the PMO for National Herald case. It behaved in an undemocratic manner when it was in power and continues to behave so when it is out of it,” Sharma said.
Asserting that the 1975 emergency was the ‘murder of democracy’ and not the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday asked the Congress to introspect its role rather than levelling allegations on decisions based on facts and not ‘sentiments’.”There has been one clear documented case of murder of democracy and that is the imposition of emergency in 1975 by Indira Gandhi. The misuse of institution is equally well documented and the Congress would do well to introspect its role in that rather than level such allegations,” BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With regard to the situation in Arunachal, he said that the requirement of the Constitution in terms of the session of the assembly to be ‘not more than six months’ apart was crucial. He added that when it came to law and order situation in Arunachal, the government’s decision would be driven solely on facts and not sentiments.On the other hand, BJP leader and Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was ridiculous on the Congress’ part to raise issues about constitutional rights.Maintaining that the Centre had taken such a step since it was their responsibility to take care of a ‘constitutional crisis’ in the state, he added that the Arunachal Pradesh Government was reeling with instability due to Congress which forced the BJP to take action.”We took such a step because the government there was unstable. In such situations, we want stability there as it is a border state which increases our responsibility. The Congress will not benefit from politicising this issue any further,” Naqvi told ANI.Despite the vehement opposition by the Congress, President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday gave his assent to imposition of central rule in Arunachal Pradesh. The Congress dubbed the President’s rule as ‘murder of democracy’ by the BJP-led Centre and accused it of misusing power.Meanwhile, in a big blow to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a report within 15 minutes from Arunachal Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa on the basis of which he recommended the President’s rule.The apex court, which heard the Congress’ plea challenging the Cabinet’s decision to impose President’s rule in Arunachal, also expressed its displeasure to Rajkhowa as to why it was not informed about the developments in the state. The apex court also issued a notice to the Centre in this regard and sought a reply by Friday.
The Centre on Tuesday brought Arunachal Pradesh under President’s rule and kept the Assembly under suspended animation after more than a month of political turmoil and in the midst of a raging battle in the Supreme Court, a decision that came under strong attack from Congress and other parties which called it “murder” of democracy.After intense consultations over the last two days, President Pranab Mukherjee today gave assent to the Union Cabinet’s recommendation, accepting the ground that there was a “constitutional breakdown” in the state.”Taking cognizance of the constitutional breakdown that has taken place in the state of Arunachal Pradesh as reported by the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, the Union Cabinet in its meeting held on January 24, 2016 had recommended to the President of India to issue such a proclamation,” said a Home Ministry statement.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It said the President has signed a Proclamation under Article 356 (1) of the Constitution, imposing President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh and keeping the Legislative Assembly of the state in suspended animation with effect from today. The President signed the proclamation two days after the cabinet held an unscheduled meeting on Sunday to recommend that the state be brought under central rule.Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had said the cabinet was forced to take the decision because of a Constitutional breakdown as six months had lapsed between two sessions of the state Assembly.Congress, JD-U, CPI and AAP attacked the Centre’s decision as “murder” of democracy and federalism and accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of “insulting” the highest court of the country that is right now hearing the matter.BJP, however, defended the decision saying it needs to be seen from multiple perspectives and is as per Constitutional mandate and in turn accused the Congress of politicising the issue. “This is murder of democracy…The matter is sub-judice and government has acted in haste. It is a clear-cut insult to the highest court of the land. Democracy has been murdered,” Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal compared the imposition of President’s rule to an Emergency-like condition. “Prez rule in Arunachal Advaniji was right in saying that there are Emergency-like conditions in the country,” he tweeted. Yesterday, Mukherjee called Home Minister Rajnath Singh and put some queries to him on the need for the imposition of President’s rule even as Congress, the ruling party in the state, met him and opposed the cabinet decision. The party urged the President not to give assent to the cabinet decision saying the issue was before the Supreme Court which has decided to hear the Congress petition tomorrow.Arunachal Pradesh has been rocked by a political crisis since December 16 last year when 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 of BJP and two independents to ‘impeach’ Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue, in a move branded as “illegal and unconstitutional” by the Speaker. The Supreme Court decided to hear on January 27 Congress plea challenging the Cabinet decision.The petition seeking urgent hearing was mentioned before Chief Justice T S Thakur, at his residence, who directed the matter to be listed for hearing on Wednesday.The Union Cabinet’s decision was based on state Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa report.Up in arms against Tuki, 21 rebel party MLAs, including 14 disqualified a day before, with the help of BJP and independent legislators, congregated at a community hall after the state Assembly complex was ‘sealed’ by the local administration, and ‘impeached’ Rebia in an impromptu session chaired by Deputy Speaker T Norbu Thongdok. 27 MLAs in 60-member Assembly, including the Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues, boycotted the proceedings. A day later, in a bizarre turn of events, opposition BJP and rebel Congress MLAs congregated in a local hotel to “vote out” Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and to “elect” a rebel Congress MLA in his place but the Gauhati High Court intervened to keep in “abeyance” decisions taken at the rebel “session”.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. A total of 33 members in the 60-member house, including 20 dissident Congress MLAs, later “elected” another dissident Congressman Kalikho Pul as the new “chief minister” of the state.In the High Court, Justice Hrishikesh Roy observed prima facie the Governor’s decision to advance the Assembly session to December 16, 2015 for taking up the impeachment proceedings against the Speaker was in “violation of Article 174 and 175 of the Constitution.The Supreme Court has referred a batch of petitions on the Arunachal Pradesh crisis to a Constitution Bench. Attacking the decision, outgoing Arunachal chief minister Nabam Tuki said they will approach the court as matter is sub-judice. He also claimed that there is no law and order situation in the state, which is peaceful, and claimed Congress had 31 out of 44 MLAs, with BJP having only 11, besides two independents.”Rules have not been followed in Arunachal. Decision taken by the government is unconstitutional…We will approach the Supreme Court about the decision. Today is a historic day when every citizen is celebrating Republic Day and such a decision by the Union Cabinet is enforced on this day. CPI expressed shock over the development and questioned the timing of the clearance.”We are shocked and saddened. On Republic Day, the President has given assent to the recommendation. He should have questioned the government on this,” CPI national secretary D Raja said. The Rajya Sabha member also hit out at Prime Minister Modi over his “cooperative federalism talk.” “It is an irony that Modi talks about cooperative federalism,” Raja said.
Amidst political slugfest, President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh. The Union Cabinet on Sunday had recommended President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh and it was sent to Pranab Mukherjee for his approval. However the opposition strongly opposed the decision and Congress moved the Supreme Court challenging its constitutional validity of it. The matter has been posted for urgent hearing on January 27.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday met President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan to apprise him of the decision of the Union Cabinet to recommend imposition of central rule in Arunachal Pradesh. In a related development, a Congress delegation also met President Mukherjee to convey him of the ‘onslaught’ by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to destabilise border-states, especially Arunachal Pradesh. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that the grand old party will fight this ‘attack on the Constitution and the people’s mandate’.”Modiji you talk about federalism but murder democracy. You talk about cooperation but use every means to coerce. Imposing President’s rule in Arunachal is a blatant bid to topple a duly elected Govt. The Congress Party will fight this attack on our constitution, on our democracy, on the people’s mandate,” Rahul said. Congress party, which has 47 MLAs in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of them rebelled. Eleven BJP MLAs backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the Nabam Tuki government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified.The Governor then advanced the assembly session and convened it on December 16 in which Deputy Speaker revoked disqualification of 14 rebel Congress MLAs and removed Rebia from the post of Speaker. This sitting was held in a community hall in Itanagar.Various decisions of the Governor and the Deputy Speaker were challenged by Rebia in Gauhati High Court which passed an interim order, keeping in abeyance these decisions till February 1.With agency inputs
Continuing the attack on the Centre over recommending President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the grand old party will fight this “attack on the constitution and the people’s mandate”.”Modiji you talk about federalism but murder democracy. You talk about cooperation but use every means to coerce. Imposing President’s rule in Arunachal is a blatant bid to topple a duly elected Govt. The Congress Party will fight this attack on our constitution, on our democracy, on the people’s mandate,” Rahul said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier on Monday, the Congress delegation met President Pranab Mukherjee to convey him of the ‘onslaught’ by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to destabilise border-states, especially Arunachal Pradesh.”The constitution is being blown to bits here. Tomorrow is 26th January and one day before it the BJP Government has called for President?s rule in Arunachal. They don’t believe in Parliament not in the judiciary. We will go against such a government in Parliament, court and the public on how they are destroying democracy,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media here.The President was briefed by the delegation on the proceedings of the court and presented him with a memorandum, asking him to look into the matter. The Congress alleged that this was a conspiracy plotted by the BJP, RSS and the newly re-elected BJP chief Amit Shah. “They have devised strategies and used elements to ensure that there is constant disturbance in border-states to ensure that their government can be formed there. There is a conspiracy behind this and we will fight it out in the Parliament and the court,”Congress lawyer and former Union minister Kapil Sibal said.Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and others met the President today after Congress President Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with Tuki and other leaders over the issue.The Congress had earlier dubbed the government’s move to recommend President’s rule as ‘unconstitutional’ and alleged that it exposed the dictatorial tendencies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Union Cabinet yesterday recommended President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh. The recommendation has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval.
President Pranab Mukherjee told Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to explain the need for President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh. Reports said that Rajnath is expected to meet the President over the deepening crisis in the northeastern state at 2pm on Monday.
The Union Cabinet on Sunday recommended imposition of President’s Rule in Congress-ruled Arunachal Pradesh, which is rocked by political turmoil, in a move that could have major political ramifications. The government’s recommendation comes at a time when Supreme Court judges are hearing petitions linked to the political crisis in the state. Sources say the government consulted the Attorney General before taking the decision.
Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Cabinet at an unscheduled meeting this morning took the decision to recommend imposition of President’s rule in the northeast state, official sources said in Delhi.
While some reports said that Arunachal Pradesh has been put under President’s Rule, others did not confirm it rightaway. DNA report claimed that President Mukherjee signed the order on Sunday night.
It is learnt that the Cabinet also recommended that the state Assembly be kept under suspended animation. The decision came at a time when Supreme Court is hearing petitions on the political crisis.
The decision drew stinging condemnation from the Opposition with Congress alleging democracy was being trampled and that Modi was “fountainhead” of political intolerance while a shocked Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said such a decision in a sensitive border state was “unprecedented” and “unacceptable”.
Accusing the Modi government of trying to destabilize a state bordering China, Congress leader Kapil Sibal also said the party will challenge in court the Cabinet decision if it gets presidential assent.
A senior official in Arunachal government backed Centre’s action and told The Hindustan Times that the government had to intervene because the crisis in Arunachal Pradesh amounted to violation of the Constitution’s Article 174(1) which prescribes that there should not be a gap of more than six months between two sessions of a state legislative assembly.
The Congress dismissed the BJP-led Centre’s so-called compulsion to intervene.
Sibal, who also is a counsel for the state government, targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sibal called him the “fountainhead” of political intolerance. He said the party would challenge in court the cabinet’s recommendation if it gets the President’s nod.
“The government has taken a wrong step. There cannot be possibly any wrong step than this. The governor had embarrassed himself and now the government is embarrassing itself. They will pay a heavy price,” Sibal said.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal expressed “shock” over the Cabinet decision, saying it is “murder” of the country’s Constitution.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki expressed surprise over the Union Cabinet’s recommendation for imposing President’s rule in the state.
“This is really shocking as the Centre did not consult the state government before taking such a harsh decision. Arunachal is absolutely peaceful without even a single case of law and order breakdown reported in the last month,” Tuki told PTI.
“There is no Constitutional crisis in the state as recommended by the governor. Whatever crisis is there it is his (Governor’s) creation,” Tuki said, adding that he enjoyed full support from all the cabinet ministers.
“With only a day left for Republic Day celebrations, such a decision will dampen the democratic spirit of the state’s people who are zealously guarding the border with China,” Tuki said.
Defending the Centre’s move, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said it is a constitutional process because the Assembly did not hold its session for more than 6 months.
“And this year on 21 January, the six months time has completed. President’s Rule could have been imposed immediately but the matter is sub-judice and the decision is pending in the Supreme Court. But the time frame of six months have exceeded. We do not have any role in the recommendation of President’s Rule because it is a constitutional process.”
The Congress MLAs who revolted against Tuki welcomed the Cabinet decision with Pasang Dorjee, a legislator and spokesman of the rebel group, saying they were ready to form an alternative government with the support of BJP and others.
Arunachal Pradesh was rocked by a political crisis on 16 December last year as 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 of BJP and two independents to ‘impeach’ Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue, in a move branded as “illegal and unconstitutional” by the Speaker.
The BJP has 11 MLAs in the 60-member House. Even the Deputy Speaker was among those who rebelled, reports said. While the Congress moved a motion demanding removal of the Deputy Speaker, the BJP sought the Speaker’s removal. The Governor intervened and advanced a session of the assembly. He also sent a letter directing that the first item on the agenda of the session should be a resolution for removal of the Speaker.
The Governor told the Deputy Speaker, who is not too happy with the Congress, “shall preside over the House from the first moment of the first sitting of the House in accordance with provisions in article 181(1) of the Constitution”.
With agency inputs