Congress govt back in Arunachal Pradesh as SC deals another blow to Centre

In a major setback for the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh and ordered restoration of the Congress government in the state. The order was given by a five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice JS Khehar. Nabam Tuki has been reinstated as the Chief Minister.
The apex court had said the verdict in this case will not only have its effect on Arunachal Pradesh, but affect every state.
The bench had segregated two other sets of petitions which were filed against the subsequent promulgation of President’s Rule in the state and its revocation thereafter, which had led to the formation of a new government.
Congress party, which had 47 MLAs seats in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers rebelled in January 2016. Eleven BJP MLAs backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified.
Hours after the Union Cabinet had decided to recommend revocation of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh on February 18, the apex court had on February 17 ordered maintenance of status quo in the politically fragile state till it examined judicial and assembly records on disqualification of the 14 rebel Congress MLAs by former Speaker Nabam Rebia.
On February 16, the court had also refused to pass an interim order on a plea of Congress leaders that Arunchal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa be restrained from swearing in a new government in the state.