Veteran Congress leader, Digvijay Singh, has called on the party workers and supporters to launch unprecedented public movement against the Centre after Supreme Court declared the dismissal of Arunachal Pradesh’s Congress government as unconstitutional.
Singh told jantakareporter.com, “What the BJP government had done was utterly shameful and we are grateful to the Supreme Court for restoring our government. I’ve already demanded the resignation of the governor’s resignation. But more crucially, Congress supporters must launch nationwide movement to make aware of the central government’s attempt to murder democracy in India.”
Singh had earlier tweeted thanking the Supreme Court while demanding the governor’s resignation.
In a big blow to BJP and the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday had ordered restoration of Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh by quashing as “unconstitutional” Governor’s decision to advance the Legislative Assembly session by a month in December last.
The apex court’s verdict paves the way for the dismissed Congress government of Nabam Tuki to return to power and sets aside Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s message directing the manner of holding the proceedings of sixth session of the Assembly scheduled from January 14, 2016, to December 16-18, 2015.
In its landmark unanimous verdict, a five judge constitution bench, headed by Justice J S Khehar, ordered that status quo ante as prevailed on December 15, 2015 be restored in Arunachal Pradesh Assembly.
It held that all steps and decisions taken by Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in pursuance to the Governor’s order of December 9, 2015, are unsustainable.
The Nabam Tuki-led government was dismissed following days of turmoil after 21 of the 47 Congress MLAs rebelled against the chief minister. Arunachal Pradesh was placed under President’s Rule on January 26.
Just before the apex court had reserved its verdict on February 20 this year, rebel Congress leader Kalikho Pul was sworn in as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh with the support of 18 dissident Congress MLAs and two independents and 11 BJP MLAs who gave outside support in the 60-member Assembly.
Besides Justice Khehar, other members of the bench were Justices Dipak Misra, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and N V Ramana.
Today’s verdict comes as a shot in the arm for Congress months with Arunachal Pradesh becoming the second state after Uttarakhand where the party-ruled government was restored by the apex court.
Welcoming the verdict, Tuki said it was “historic” and that it has protected democracy and ensuring justice.
“The Supreme Court verdict today is a historic. It paves way to protect healthy democracy in the country,” Tuki, who was the Chief Minister of Arunachal before his government was brought down, said.