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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi chairing meeting of the Council of Ministers, at 7RCR, in New Delhi on December 17, 2015.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a meeting with members of his Council of Ministers.

Sources said it was a normal get-together at the end of the year.

The meeting was held amid tensions between the government and the Congress on a range of issues, including actions of Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa on the functioning of the state assembly.

The winter session of the parliament witnessed daily adjournments forced by the Congress and other opposition parties on issues such as alleged atrocities against Dalits and CBI searches in the office of the principal secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The government had a heavy legislative agenda for the winter session, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill.

There is a feeling in the government that the session, which ends on December 23, could be a washout.

The monsoon session of parliament had also been a washout over the Congress demand for the resignation of three BJP leaders.

BJP leaders have accused the Congress of not respecting the verdict of the people and holding the country’s development hostage to its political interests. (IANS) (Picture


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Congress addresses Prez rule in Arunachal as “murder of democracy”


New Delhi: Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan on Tuesday hit out at Narendra Modi and slammed the government for rushing into the matter to impose President’s rule in party-ruled Arunachal Pradesh, calling it a “murder of democracy and the constitution on Republic Day”.

He also blamed the government for disrespecting the Supreme Court by bypassing it when the court was hearing the matter.

The constitution and democracy have been murdered on this Republic Day. It is an effort by the government to nail federalism. The matter is sub judice and yet the speed with which the cabinet moved and the final decision has been taken is a clear indication that they have no respect for the highest court of the land,

The party had moved the Supreme Court on Monday to challenge union cabinet’s recommendation to impose President’s rule in Arunachal.

They could have waited for the matter to be settled by the judiciary yet they moved with express speed to ensure President’s rule in a sensitive state. There is no indication of past or present breakdown of law and order. These are signals of imagination manufactured to fine-tune and legitimise horse-trading that was done by a certain sitting minister.

The matter should have been handled under the spirit of the SR Bommai case yet the argument being given that the house was not summoned for six months, but the ground reality is the matter was sub judice in the high court of the state and therefore that statutory requirement was met with,” said Vadakkan, adding the attempt to remove the speaker by the deputy speaker smacks of a larger conspiracy.

“We expect justice from the highest court of the land, therefore, we would not like to add any comment on a sub judice matter,” he added.

(Inputs from IANS)

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