Centre targeting Congress govt in Arunachal: CM Nabam Tuki

The Union Cabinet on Sunday recommended President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh. The recommendation has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval.

New Delhi: Extremely disappointed with the Centre's move to recommend President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Monday said the Centre is targeting the Congress Government there.

"They should have waited for the outcome of the court, because it is sub-judice. We will fight in the court and let the people decide. I want to meet the Congress MLAs but they are not allowed to come out. People are suffering. The popularly elected government is being targeted by the Union Government," Tuki said.

"The decision was taken by the Cabinet, which was not consulted by the state government. They have every right to talk to us, but they did not talk to the Congress high command. They are guided by the BJP people and they are working according to the directions of the BJP only," he added.

Meanwhile, the Congress filed petition in the Supreme Court to quash Union Cabinet's recommendation for President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh.

Chief Minister Tuki has reached 10, Janpath to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the issue.

A Congress delegation led by Sonia Gandhi is likely to meet President Pranab Mukherjee later today to express their concern over the government's stand.

The Congress had earlier dubbed the government's move to recommend President's rule as 'unconstitutional' and alleged that it exposed the dictatorial tendencies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Union Cabinet yesterday recommended President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh. The recommendation has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval.

Arunachal Pradesh was rocked by a political crisis on December 16 last year as 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with BJP's 11 MLAs and two independents to impeach Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue.

The Speaker termed the move as illegal and unconstitutional.