Rijiju slams Congress for challenging President's Rule in Arunachal; says it failed to govern the state

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New Delhi, January 27: Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday hailed the imposition of President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh and slammed the Congress party for challenging the President's decision. He said that the Congress Government in Arunachal Pradesh had failed to govern the state, adding that the Centre had intervened to save the people of the state."This is not the first time that the President's rule has been imposed in a state, the Congress had imposed President's rule more than 100 times in independent India. If the Congress challenges President's rule in Arunachal then it amounts to challenging the decision of the President of India. President has applied his wisdom to give assent to Cabinet's recommendation," he told ANI.

"This is not the creation of the Central Government, the state government failed to govern the state. The chief minister has dropped all his senior ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries without consulting us," he added.

He also lashed out at the Congress for accusing the BJP of 'murdering democracy', and said, "The Congress is accusing the Centre of murdering democracy; in fact the Centre has intervened to save the people of Arunachal Pradesh."

Earlier today, Congress accused BJP of misusing power and said that BJP would be held responsible if anything goes wrong in Arunachal Pradesh as it is a sensitive state. President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday gave his assent to imposition of central rule in Arunachal Pradesh. Three days back, Union Cabinet had recommended President's Rule following the political crisis in the state.

In December last year, Arunachal Pradesh was rocked by a political crisis after 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 of BJP and two independents to impeach Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue. The move was termed as illegal and unconstitutional by the Speaker.

The rebel group MLAs congregated at a community hall after the state Assembly complex was allegedly sealed by the local administration, and impeached Rebia in an impromptu session chaired by Deputy Speaker. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has decided to hear on January 27 the Congress' plea challenging the Cabinet decision.

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