Delivering a major blow to the BJP government at the Centre, the Supreme Court in a historic judgment on Wednesday restored Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh after quashing the President’s Rule.
A five-judge Constitution Bench, in a unanimous and unprecedented verdict, quashed all the decisions of the Governor that had led to imposition of the President’s Rule in the state, calling his actions as “illegal” and violative of the Constitutional provisions.
The SC judgment means the present Arunachal Pradesh government headed by Kalikho Pul would have to step down now to make way for Congress government headed by Nabam Tuki.
The SC also struck down removal of Speaker Nabam Rebia and said he would be restored back as Speaker of the House.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in a tweet thanked the SC for ordering the restoration of status quo as of Dec 15, 2015 in Arunachal Pradesh.
As this brought an end to political adventurism in the North-Eastern state, it also made one thing clear that there is no way out than election. In light of this, ideally, the Arunachal Governor should step down. But we will get to know the sequence of events that unfold only in the days to come.
Reacting to the situation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said: “Hope Modi learns from this & respects Govts elected by people of nation.”
We all know about the recent crisis in Uttarakhand that emanated after a sting operation on Chief Minister Harish Rawat who had to finally prove his majority through a floor test.
BJP’s relentless efforts to wipe out non-BJP governments in several states across India and a concerted effort towards establishing a “Congress mukt Bharat” may have dangerous effects. In every such state, there have been unfolding problems, more so Constitutional, and now, time has come to acknowledge that cheap political tricks cannot be the only matrix of one’s political ambition.