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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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Unity in Diversity is the Strength of the Country: Rahul Gandhi

Country can't benefit if brothers fight, says Rahul Gandhi

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Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that making brothers fight against each other cannot benefit the country. Wikimedia Commons

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked the policies of the central government and said that unity in diversity is our strength, and the strength of the country will increase by uniting all.

He said “making brothers fight against each other cannot benefit the country.”

Rahul Gandhi was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the three-day National Tribal Dance Festival here in the Chhattisgarh on Friday.

He said: “Without taking everyone together, every religion, every caste, tribal, Dalit, or backward, the country’s economy cannot run. Until all the people of this country are united, until everyone’s voice is heard in the Assembly and in the Lok Sabha, nothing can be done about unemployment or about the economy.”

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Rahul Gandhi raised questions about the current economic situation. Wikimedia Commons

Rahul raised questions about the current economic situation and the relief given to a select few: “The economy is run by the peasants, labourers, the poor and the tribals. If all the money is given to 10-15 people, demonetisation is done, wrong GST is implemented, then employment cannot be created in India, economy cannot run.”

Appreciating the initiatives taken by the Chhattisgarh government, Rahul Gandhi said: “Here farmers, youth, tribals, women are being heard and are taking the state forward.”

“Together, everyone is taking this state forward. It makes a difference, violence has reduced here, the economy here is overtaking other states. This difference is visible, because nothing can be made by disintegrating, the country cannot benefit by making brothers fight each other.”

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Describing the National Tribal Festival as a symbol of unity in diversity, Rahul Gandhi said: “Tribals have come here from different parts of the country. They will display their culture and art here, unity will be seen in diversity.”

A three-day National Tribal Dance Festival began on Friday at the Science College ground in the capital, in which tribals from 25 states will participate. Artists from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, Belarus and Maldives are also attending this festival. (IANS)