Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Prez rule in Arunachal, oppn cries "murder" of democracy

Prez rule in Arunachal,  oppn cries
"murder" of democracy
New Delhi:  President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday, 26th January 2016 night endorsed the Union Cabinet's decision and brought Arunachal Pradesh under central rule after more than a month of political turmoil and in the midst of a raging battle in the Supreme Court. Congress and other parties called the decision as "murder" of democracy.

After intense consultations over the last two days, Mukherjee signed the proclamation imposing the central rule, accepting the ground that there was a "constitutional breakdown" in the state.

The President, who had called Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday and raised some queries with him on the urgency of bringing the state under central rule, was apparently satisfied with the government's view that there was a breakdown of the constitutional machinery following the political instability.

"Taking cognisance 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.

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 Kirren 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.

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