Arunachal Pradesh Governor Cited Cow Slaughter And Terror To Recommend President's Rule

28/01/2016 11:56 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa cited cow slaughter and terror as reasons for recommending the imposition of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh.

On Wedensday, the Supreme Court gave the Narendra Modi government two days to respond to the Congress Party's petition challenging the imposition of central rule in the northeastern state, and asked Rajkhowa to produce the reports he submitted to the Centre, recommending President's Rule.

The Congress Party has accused Rajkhowa of trying to destabilise its government in Arunachal Pradesh at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre.

The BJP government has compared the political turmoil in Arunachal Pradesh to an emergency-like situation.

Following a recommendation by the Union Cabinet, last week, President Pranab Mukherjee signed the order to impose central rule in the northeastern state on Tuesday.

READ: Arunachal Pradesh President's Rule: SC Gives Govt 2 Days To Respond To Congress Petition

In his report, which makes a case for the breakdown of law and order in the state, Rajkhowa attached photographs of a “cow” being slaughtered outside Raj Bhavan, The Indian Express reported today.

On Wednesday, Rajkhowa counsel Satya Pal Jain told the Supreme Court that a series of reports were sent to the Centre, IE reported. “We will show you (judges) the photographs of cow slaughter too… it is there in one of the reports," he said.

Several Congress Party lawmakers sacrificed a cow outside Raj Bhavan after the High Court suspended the advancing the Assembly Session, which Rajkhowa had ordered, as well as the ouster of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki (now former), the newspaper reported.

In a four page report, Rajkhowa also accused Tuki, of “engaging with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang [a terrorist outfit].”

The Nagaland-based insurgent group, which carried out a deadly ambush in Manipur that claimed the lives of 18 army personnel in June, was banned as a terrorist organisation in November.

In his report, which The Hindu has accessed, Rajkhowa accused Tuki of “encouraging indiscipline, lawlessness and politicking by government officials by inciting, provoking and funding Nyishi Elite Society, an apex communal organisation of Nyishis, mainly comprising government officials.”

This report, "Failure of Constitutional Machinery in the State of Arunachal Pradesh," is one of the 15 reports which Rajkhowa sent to the Centre since September 2015. “The State is virtually being run by a minority government for the past several months," it said.

“The law and order situation has been deteriorating every passing day, and there was a total collapse of the law and order machinery on December 15, 16 and 17 in particular when no semblance of State government was seen. Only anarchical situation prevailed."

I was abused, scolded by threatening words, even attempted to be physically assaulted and Ministers tried to physically restrain me. I was rescued by my alert staff on December 15," said the report as quoted by The Hindu.

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