Arunachal verdict: SC has restored faith in Constitution, says JD (U)

Hailing the Supreme Court verdict restoring the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh as "historic", the Congress today demanded the immediate sacking of Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa and an apology from all those involved in the decision to topple the Nabam Tuki government.

Talking to reporters after attending office, Tuki said he would request the acting Governor Tathagata Roy to defer the proposed floor test as it is "not possible" within a short span of time. The assembly proceedings will be videographed throughout and the majority will be proved by division and not voice vote, the Governor said.

With the Supreme Court terming sacking of Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh a year ago as "unconstitutional", the Centre on Wednesday said "a lot of developments had taken place post December" that led to a new regime.

A five-judge constitution bench pronounced the verdict on a bunch of petitions dealing with discretionary powers of the governor to summon or advance the assembly session.

A relieved Nabam Tuki has appealed to his former colleagues and fellow Congress MLAs who defected to the Kalikho Pul-led People's Party of Arunachal Pradesh to return to the Congress. "But while the BJP had only given outside support to Kalikho Pul, it is for the assembly to decide", said senior Assam BJP leader Himanta Bishwa Sarma, who is also convenor of the newly-formed NEDA.

The constitution bench, headed by Justice J S Khehar, ordered that status quo ante as prevailed on December 15, 2015 to be restored in Arunachal Pradesh Assembly.

Tuki had said yesterday that he will talk to all 47 Congress MLAs, including dissidents. The center justified its proclamation of Presidents rule of 26 January as "absolutely legal and valid".

He today said the Congress as a party has majority and will rule the state.

Tuki hailed the verdict as a victory of democracy and met Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and discussed the situation. The Supreme Court order may have turned the clock back to December 15 last, but the numbers are not the same, the BJP argues. Congress may give an option to led Tuki go and elect a new leader. "I salute the Supreme Court for having upheld constitutional values on the basis of which only democracy can survive", he said. Arunachal, a mountainous state bordering China and separated by it from the contentious McMahon Line, plunged into a political crisis after the governor brought forward the winter session of the state assembly to December 16 last from January 14 to facilitate the impeachment of pro-Nabam Tuki speaker, Nabam Rebia.

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