In what many would term as a bizarre and sensational argument, the central government on Friday told the Supreme Court that the ‘recurrent insurgency’ coupled with threats from China were the reasons for imposition of the President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh.
The affidavit filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs alleged that the chief minister Nabam Tuki had colluded with the outlawed militant group NSCN to pressurise the dissident MLAs within his own party.
that there was a complete breakdown of law and order in the state leaving the Centre with no option but to dismiss the elected government.
An Indian Express report too quoted the Centre’s response as saying that Arunachal had been witness to recurrent insurgency as well as attempts by China to claims large parts of its territory adding that it was “imperative and in the interest of the country that the state is socially, economically and politically stable.”
The government’s senior most legal advisor and Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, referred to six reports forwarded by Governor J P Rajkhowa to the President and to the ministry, using them as the reasons for proclamation of Emergency and maintaining that there was a “serious political instability” in the state and a “war-like situation”.
The central government, which had earned widespread condemnation for subverting the democratic process by usurping power from an elected government because it was ruled by an opposition party, justified its proclamation of 26 January was “absolutely legal and valid.”
The affidavit said, “The fact that the Speaker could lock down by an order the very premises of the Assembly and not allow legislators to even visit the Assembly is a grave act and subversive in the democratic set-up of the Constitution… the present political executive in Arunachal Pradesh does not command a majority in the legislative assembly.”
The affidavit has also talked about the Congress-led government losing majority in the assembly.
The Congress party, in the past, had accused the BJP-appointed governor, Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa of not allowing Tuki to prove the majority in the assembly because of his unconstitutional intervention.
Rajkhowa, in an extraordinary move, appointed the deputy speaker ( a known Congress dissident) to hold the assembly session asking him to initiate the impeachment process of the Speaker on priority.
The matter is being heard by the Supreme Court after the Congress party questioned the Centre’s decision.