Fourteen rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified from Arunachal Pradesh assembly on Tuesday, a day before of the winter session of the House, called by Governor JP Rajkhowa to take up impeachment motion notice served by 11 BJP and two independent MLAs against speaker Nabam Rebia.
A notice issued by assembly secretary M Lasa stated that the disqualification of MLAs was made under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution. Twenty-one of the total 47 Congress MLAs have been revolting against chief minister Nabam Tuki for the last three months. The rebel camp is being led by former finance minister Kalikho Pul, who is eyeing the chief minister’s post.
Governor JP Rajkhowa had advanced the assembly session from January 14 to December 16 to take up the impeachment motion against the speaker and deputy speaker.
On Tuesday, Tuki termed as ‘illegal’ Governor Rajkhowa’s decision to advance the assembly session and said the council of ministers, along with all the Congress MLAs, will not attend the session. “The move is intentional and politically motivated to dislodge the democratically elected Congress government in the state by the constitutional head of the state,” Tuki told reporters here.
Tuki said the members have not received any official communication from the assembly secretariat regarding the advancement of assembly session till now. As per norms, the business of the assembly has to be routed through the department of parliamentary affairs which was not done in this case, he added.
Tuki met the governor along with the council of ministers on Tuesday evening and requested him to reconsider his decision. “Despite our request, the governor was reluctant to cancel his order saying that he had already issued the order and it was the duty of the assembly to implement it,” Tuki said.
“We even wrote to the President, the Prime Minister and the Union home minister to apprise them of the current political situation in the state and demanded immediate call back of the governor who has already exposed his anti-Arunachal and anti-development stand,” the chief minister said.