A Congress delegation led by party chief Sonia Gandhi will meet President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here this evening in the backdrop of Union Cabinet’s recommendation for imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Congress delegation is expected to meet President Mukherjee at around 5 pm
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is meeting the President this afternoon to put forth the government’s stand in this regard.
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, yesterday recommended imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, which is rocked by political turmoil that broke out last month.
The recommendation has been sent to President Mukherjee for his approval.
The government has justified its position, saying there is a constitutional crisis and the people of the state have been suffering for too long.
The Congress has, however, dubbed the government’s move as ‘unconstitutional’ and alleged that it exposed the dictatorial tendencies of Prime Minister Modi.
The crisis began on December 16 last year when 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 BJP and two independent members to impeach Speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue.
In the 60-member assembly, 26 MLAs including Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, boycotted the session calling it illegal and unconstitutional. A day later, the rebels and opposition legislators gathered at a community hall and voted out the Chief Minister.
Both sides then approached the Gauhati High Court and later the Supreme Court. The matter is now before the constitution bench.