Political coup? Arunachal governor Rajkhowa acting like BJP stooge: Congress

The Congress has said that the Governor has no constitutional right to call Assembly session without the consent of the CM.

New Delhi: Criticising Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa's call for Assembly session without the consent of the chief minister, the Congress has alleged that Rajkhowa is acting like a political stooge of the BJP.

“What kind of mockery is this to the Constitution of the country? The Governor has no constitutional right to call Assembly session without the consent of the CM or nod of Council of Ministers,” Congress leader C R Kesavan said.

He also slammed the opposition BJP for supporting the governor.

“You should feel sad and ashamed for defending a Governor like this” Kesavan said, adding “What the Governor has done is not only immoral but also illegal and unconstitutional.”

Meanwhile, the Guwahati High Court on Thursday kept in abeyance all decisions taken by the state "Assembly" on Wednesday in which it "removed" Speaker Nabam Rebia.

The court order came on a writ petition filed by the Speaker challenging the December 9 notification issued by the Arunachal Governor advancing the Assembly session to December 16 from January 24, 2016.

The court observed that the Governor's exercise to advance the Assembly session is in violation of the Constitution.

On Thursday, a “no confidence” motion by 11 BJP MLAs and two Independent members was “adopted” against the Nabam Tuki-led Congress government with Deputy Speaker T Norbu Thongdok, who is also a rebel Congressman, in Chair.

A total 33 members of the 60-member house, including 20 dissident Congress MLAs, later “elected” another dissident Congressman Kalikho Pul as the new “chief minister” of the state.

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