SC re­stores Cong rule in Arunachal; blow to BJP

EM­BAR­RASS­ING An­other set­back for Modi govt af­ter sim­i­lar Ut­tarak­hand rul­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dents let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Ex-CM and Cong leader Nabam Tuki in New Delhi.

The Supreme Court re­stored the Congress gov­ern­ment in Arunachal Pradesh on Wed­nes­day, em­bar­rass­ing the cen­tral gov­ern­ment for a sec­ond time in two months over its de­ci­sion to im­pose Pres­i­dent’s Rule in op­po­si­tion-ruled states.

A five-judge bench led by jus­tice JS Khe­har quashed gov­er­nor JP Ra­jkhowa’s de­ci­sion to ad­vance the leg­isla­tive assem­bly ses­sion by a month last year, a move that pre­cip­i­tated the fall of the Congress gov­ern­ment led by Nabam Tuki in De­cem­ber. He was suc­ceeded by Ka­likho Pul, who led a Congress re­bel­lion and formed the gov­ern­ment with sup­port from the BJP. In May, the Union gov­ern­ment clamped cen­tral rule in Ut­tarak­hand but the Con­gressled state gov­ern­ment suc­cess­fully chal­lenged that de­ci­sion in court.

De­spite the ver­dict, Tuki might find it dif­fi­cult to hold onto power in Arunachal Pradesh if a floor test is held as the Congress cur­rently has just 15 leg­is­la­tors in a house of 58. On Wed­nes­day evening, he wrote to the act­ing gov­er­nor about the tran­si­tion of power and claimed to have taken charge as the chief min­is­ter from the Arunachal Bha­van in New Delhi. A Raj Bha­van spokesper­son in Guwa­hati con­firmed re­ceiv­ing the let­ter and said that there was no ac­tion yet from the gov­er­nor. “The judge­ment has to be im­ple­mented and the gov­er­nor will take all nec­es­sary ac­tions and steps,” At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mukul Ro­hatgi said af­ter a high-level con­vened by the home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh.

ARUN SHARMA/HT

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