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Arunachal Pradesh Battle In SC A Day After President's Rule

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Arunachal Pradesh Battle In SC A Day After President's Rule

New Delhi: A day after President's rule was imposed in Arunachal Pradesh on the Centre's advice; the Supreme Court will hear an appeal by the Congress challenging it.

The Congress, which was governing Arunachal Pradesh, has termed the decision to impose Central rule "murder of democracy on Republic Day."

On Tuesday, President Pranab Mukherjee gave nod to central rule for the northeastern border state, indicating that he agreed with the government's evaluation of the state's political crisis. The Congress has claimed that the Centre is determined to destabilize state governments that are not ruled by the BJP or its allies.

Arunachal Pradesh plunged into a political crisis in December when almost half of the Congress' state lawmakers revolted to group with the BJP and voted to dethrone the Speaker and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at an assembly session called by Governor JP Rajkhowa.

The lawmakers convened at a community hall because the state assembly had been locked up on the Speaker's order. The Congress has alleged that the Governor is acting as "a BJP agent" by calling a session to help the rebels.

On a petition by the Speaker, the High Court first dismissed decisions taken at the rebels' session. Eventually the court dismissed the petition, prompting the Speaker to approach the Supreme Court.

However, the Centre argues that law and order in the state had worsened, an assembly session had not been held for six months, and that state legislators were not allowed access to the Assembly because the Speaker had the building locked up.


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