Cong hopes for an Uttarakhand in Arunachal

Hill state was put under President's Rule on Jan 26

Cong hopes for an Uttarakhand in Arunachal

Having won in Uttarakhand, the Congress is now hoping for reinstatement of its government in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court has reserved its judgment on petitions challenging the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal as questions were also raised on the validity of the state governor’s action of summoning the Assembly without the aid and advice of the council of ministers.

“We are awaiting the judgement of the Supreme Court. We hope the judgment comes before the vacation. But that is only a hope,” senior Congress leader and former law minister Kapil Sibal said in reply to a question.

Privately, Congress leaders claim to have received indications that the matter could be taken up on Friday, after which the court would take its summer vacation. Buoyed by Harish Rawat’s victory in the floor test, Congress leaders are confident that Nabam Tuki would be back at the helm of affairs in Arunachal Pradesh sooner than later.

Arunachal Pradesh was put under President’s Rule on January 26 after Congress members revolted against the then Chief Minister Tuki. The Congress rebels had sided with BJP members at a special session of the Assembly summoned by Governor J P Rajkhowa.

The Congress said the session was illegal as it was not called on the advice of the council of ministers. Before the session began, Speaker Nabam Rebia had disqualified 14 rebel MLAs, who later moved the Gauhati High Court challenging it. The High Court had stayed the disqualification.

The Congress had moved the Supreme Court challenging the governor’s actions and the validity of the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh.However, the Centre decided to revoke President’s rule on February 19 and Congress rebel Kalikho Pul was sworn in as chief minister the same night.

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