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New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday said it commanded a majority in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly and the Centre’s decision to impose president’s rule in the northeastern state was a “shameful example of coercive federalism”.

The decision to dislodge an elected Congress government on the Republic Day was “an open and dastardly murder of democracy”, party spokesperson Raj Babbar said in a statement here.

He also accused state Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa of “premeditated malice”.

“The Congress has full faith in the judiciary. Constitutional norms, democracy and federalism will win at the altar of justice. Conspiracy to debunk democracy and murder of federalism will be defeated substantively,” he said.

Babbar said despite an “ugly game of destabilising, inducement and subversion”, the Congress still had a clear majority and a strength of 31 MLAs in the house of 60 members in Arunachal Pradesh.

He said the Congress had 47 MLAs in the state assembly, “out of which two resigned and 14 disqualified in accordance with provisions of the anti-defection law”.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre on a plea challenging the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh on January 26 and gave it time till January 29 to file its response.

The union cabinet on Sunday had decided to impose President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh. (IANS)

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Don’t hype boundary row, work with us: China to India

According to a report, China's military last month accused Indian troops of entering Chinese territory. The Indian side rejected the charges

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China on Monday told India not to hype up the boundary dispute and work with Beijing to maintain peace in the border areas. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the comment after Chinese troops reportedly objected to Indian troops’ patrolling in Arunachal Pradesh.

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“I am not aware of the detailed information on the (current) situation on China-India. China’s position on China-India boundary is consistent and clear cut. The Chinese government never recognizes the so-called Arunachal Pradesh,” Geng said.

“China and India are engaged in consultation and negotiation to resolve the border issues and to pursue and fair and just solution that is acceptable to both sides.

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“Pending the resolution of the issue, we hope both sides can abide by the agreements. Instead of hyping the issues, India should work with China to uphold peace and tranquility in the area,” he said.

According to a report, China’s military last month accused Indian troops of entering Chinese territory. The Indian side rejected the charges. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as its own and calls it South Tibet. IANS

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