Congress in Arunachal Pradesh today accused Governor J P Rajkhowa of conspiring to help the dissident MLAs form a government with the support of BJP without waiting for a decision of the Supreme Court which is hearing petitions challenging imposition of President’s rule in the state.
Geetartha Darshan Barua, spokesperson for CLP leader and deposed Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, said Deputy Speaker T N Thongdok, who is in the dissident camp, has sought the opinion of the state Law Department through the Governor asking if he can function as Deputy Speaker performing the duties of Speaker when President’s Rule is in place in the state.
Following Thongdok’s letter, the Governor sought a report from the law department on the subject.
“We have contended that the Governor is guided by malafide intention and he had taken all decisions keeping in mind vested interests. The Deputy Speaker’s letter to the Governor reflects the nexus between the two. Their final aim is to lodge a government with the help of BJP without waiting for the Supreme Court order,” Barua alleged.
In his letter, Thondok has contended that although a five member Constitution Bench is hearing matters related to the session held on December 16 and 17, 2015, the Speaker’s office is vacant as per the Gauhati High Court order dated January 13, 2016.
Thongdok has sought to know whether Deputy Speaker performing duties of Speaker continues in office when the Proclamation under Article 356 is operative in the State.
In the letter, dated February 4, 2016 addressed to the Governor, Thongdok has referred to various articles with regard to his query.
Barua claimed, the Governor through his Deputy Secretary Minik Damin wrote to the Secretary (Law) on February 4, 2016 directing him to furnish a reply by February 5.
The details of the reply to the Governor’s Secretariat in not known.
The query from Thongdok has come at a time when the Supreme Court is hearing the matter related to the Assembly Session having been advanced by the Governor in December 2015 without the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers.