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BJP left red-faced as SC reinstates Congress govt in Arunachal Pradesh

A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously quashed Arunachal Pradesh Governor J.P. Rajkhowa's decision to advance the Assembly session from January 14, 2016 to December 16, 2015, a move which led to political unrest in the sensitive border State and resulted in the declaration of President's rule on January 26.

The five-judge Bench, led by Justice J.S. Khehar, ordered immediate imposition of status quo ante as on December 15, 2015. This means that the Supreme Court has in unequivocal terms shut down the BJP-propped rebel Congress government of Khaliko Pul.

The Bench, in three separate judgments by Justices Khehar, Dipak Misra and Madan B. Lokur, has cleared the way for the return of Congress-led Nabam Tuki government to power in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Bench, which was examining the constitutionality of the Governor's decision to override the authority of Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia and advance the Assembly session, was told by the Tuki government lawyers that the Arunachal Pradesh "experiment" by the NDA government at the Centre to topple State governments may prove "deadly" to the rule of law in the country and federal structure of the Constitution.