Arunachal Pradesh Current Affairs - 2019
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The Supreme Court has ordered the restoration of former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh.
Verdict in this regard was given by a five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice JS Kehar on a bunch of petitions.
These petitions were dealing with discretionary powers of Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa to summon or advance the assembly session.
- Governor’s decision advancing session of the state assembly by a month is violative of the Constitution and is liable to be quashed.
- All steps and decision taken by the Legislative Assembly pursuant to Governor’s December 2015 are unsustainable and have been set aside.
- Struck down removal of speaker Nabam Rebia and he should be restored back as Speaker of the House.
- The SC judgment means the present Arunachal Pradesh government headed by Chief Minister Kalikho Pul would have to step down and make way for then Congress government headed by Nabam Tuki.
- It also for the first time in this history, Supreme Court has put back a state government that had been dismissed by the Centre under the President’s rule (under Article 356).
- The north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh had plunged into political crisis in November 2015 after 21 of the Congress’ legislators of the total 47 had rebelled against then CM Nabam Tuki.
- The rebellion had reduced the Congress government to 26 legislators (i.e. in minority) in the 60-member assembly.
- Following the political crisis, the Union Government had imposed President’s rule under Article 356 of Constitution on January 26, 2016.
- Later the leader of the Congress dissidents’ faction, Kalikho Pul, was sworn in as the 9th Chief Minister in February 2016 with support of twenty rebel Congress legislators and 11 BJP legisators.
For more details: Union Cabinet clears President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh
Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy has sworn in as the acting Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. With this he becomes 18th Governor to be sworn in as Governor of Tripura.
He has been given the additional charge of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh during the leave of absence of incumbent Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa.
Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Ajit Singh had administered the oath of office to Tathagata Roy as per the provisions of Article 159 of Constitution of India.
About Tathagata Roy
- Tathagata Roy was born on 14 September 1945 in Kolkata, West Bengal.
- He is veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from West Bengal and was president of the state unit of the party from 2002 till 2006.
- He is also a writer and has written both in English and in his native Bengali language. He has authored two books.
- They are The Life and Times of Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee and My People, Uprooted: A Saga of the Hindus of Eastern Bengal.
Constitutional provisions of Governor
- Article 153: It says that there shall be Governor for each state. The 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 has facilitated the appointment of the same person as a governor for two or more states.
- Article 156: Governor is appointed by President and hold office during the pleasure of President. It should be also noted that this article also mentions tenure of Governor.
- In this regard it says that Governor shall hold office for the term of 5 years from date he enters upon his office.