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PM Modi holds meeting with Council of Ministers

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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 Courtesy:pib.nic.in)

 

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

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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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President gives approval for central rule in Arunachal

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New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday gave his approval to the cabinet recommendation to impose central rule in Arunachal Pradesh, official sources said.

It’s done,a Rashtrapati Bhawan official said this when asked if the president had given his nod to central rule following political turbulence in the Congress-ruled northeastern state.

The union cabinet had on Sunday recommended President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, inviting strong criticism from the Congress and others.

The president, who had been urged by the Congress not to approve central rule in the state, is said to have discussed the Arunachal situation with Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday.

Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa had on December 9 advanced the date of the convening of the assembly session.

The move was criticized by the Congress, with its leader Kapil Sibal saying the governor should not have acted on a resolution by the Bharatiya Janata Party legislators and two independents.

On January 18, the Supreme Court said it would examine whether Rajkhowa’s decision of advancing the assembly session to December 16 to take up the resolution for the removal of Speaker Nabam Rebia was valid or not.

Rebia was removed as speaker by 14 rebel Congress legislators backed by BJP legislators on December 16 at an assembly session held in a community hall in Itanagar that was presided over by the deputy speaker.

The 14 rebel Congress lawmakers were earlier disqualified by Rebia. The deputy speaker, before moving the motion removing Rebia as speaker, restored the membership of the 14 legislators.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Congress failed to protect the constitution in Arunachal: Sudhanshu Trivedi

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New Delhi: The BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi on Monday accused the Congress of having failed to protect the constitution in Arunachal Pradesh and said the ruling party in the state has lost the constitutional authority to remain in power.

Politically, this is an internal matter of the Congress and constitutionally, in either of the way in which the decision is pending in the Supreme Court, they have lost the constitutional authority to be in the government in Arunachal Pradesh,

And morally, I would like to ask one question — Why are you (Congress) running away from calling the house and proving majority or going for a floor test?

“In fact, you are not able to convene your own legislative party meeting itself,” he added

The BJP leader also accused the Congress of misleading the nation over the issue.

They will reach the Supreme Court. They will reach the President but they will not convene the (assembly) session and not even the legislature party meeting. The Congress should refrain from making political statements as the case is pending before the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court,

 

Trivedi said that constitutionally, there was a provision that any government cannot remain in power if it is not able to conduct the next session of the assembly within six months after the conclusion of the previous session.

The previous session of the Arunachal Pradesh assembly ended on July 21, and a session must be convened before January 21,” he said.

(Inputs from IANS)

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