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Union Cabinet Recommends President's Rule In Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh may be heading for President's Rule with the union cabinet recommending it on Sunday in the first such move since the Modi government came to power. The political crisis in the state was discussed at an emergency cabinet meeting this morning at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home before the BJP began its process to re-elect Amit Shah as president.
The government consulted the Attorney General on the political situation and the Constitutional position. The government finally decided that the political situation in Arunachal Pradesh amounted to a political crisis and needed central intervention.Crisis erupted in the state last month after 21 of the 47 lawmakers of the ruling Congress in the 60-member assembly backed the Deputy Speaker as chief minister.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has alleged that Governor Rajkhowa, acting as a "BJP agent", helped the rebel Congress lawmakers in their bid to topple his government by convening an assembly session ahead of time. After the government sealed the assembly building, the session was held at other places. The Congress government lost a "no trust motion" passed by the rebel Congress, along with 11 BJP lawmakers and two independents at the assembly session held on December 16-17 at a hotel.Speaker Nabam Rebia then challenged decisions taken in the two-day session, during which he had been "impeached" as well.The Gauhati High Court dismissed the petition. The Speaker then moved the Supreme Court, which has referred a bunch of petitions on the Arunachal Pradesh crisis to a Constitution Bench.The Supreme Court also barred the governor from calling an assembly session until 18 January.