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Nabam Tuki: New govt ‘highly illegal’, ‘unconstitutional’

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Itanagar: Recently-ended tenure of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki lead to the official describing the Kalikho Pul-led government as “highly illegal” and “unconstitutional” on Sunday. He further blamed the Modi-led government for destabilizing his democratically elected government.

“They (central government) pulled down my government and proclaimed President’s Rule citing the breakdown of law and order. They will try to destabilize governments in non-BJP-ruled states by imposing Article 356 and then installing an ‘unconstitutional’ government like they did in Arunachal,” said Tuki.

“Why don’t they impose President’s Rule in BJP-ruled states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra where the governments have failed to tackle suicide of farmers, job scam and other issues?” the veteran Congress leader quipped.

Criticizing Governor J P Rajkhowa for administering Kalikho Pul’s oath as chief minister, Tuki said: “As per parliamentary convention, the governor should invite the single majority party to form the government.

“But in this case, the governor administered the oath of office and secrecy to Pul who is not even the leader of the Congress Legislature Party besides knowing that the matter is pending in the court. Isn’t the governor misusing his office? This does not augur well in our parliamentary democracy.”

The former chief minister also demanded the removal of Rajkhowa as the governor.

“Instead of safeguarding the constitution, he murdered democracy and the constitution for his own political interests, knowing the simplicity of the indigenous people in Arunachal.”

Pul, leading the pack of 19 rebel Congress camp, was sworn in as the eighth chief minister on Friday night.

The BJP, which has 11 members in the 60-member Arunachal assembly, has extended outside support to Pul. Two independent legislators are also supporting the 19 rebel Congress legislators.

But sources close to the rebel Congress camp claimed that nine Tuki loyalists are set to shift their allegiance to Pul.

Claiming that he still enjoys majority in the house, Tuki, the first Christian to be the Arunachal chief minister, said: “With the disqualification of 16 legislators, the effective strength of the house is only 44. Of these, 26 MLAs are with me and my government and, therefore, I still enjoy the majority.”

He also described the formation of the new government as “highly illegal” and “unconstitutional” since Pul had not been elected leader of the Congress Legislature Party.

“The Congress cannot take the support of the BJP in forming a government. The Congress does not subscribe to the BJP ideology. Therefore, the new government cannot be a Congress government.

“We will not allow this unholy alliance to continue. We will continue to fight for justice in the court of law.”

Meanwhile, Pasang Dorjee Sona, one of the 19 rebel Congress legislators, held Congress leader V Narayanasamy responsible for the political mess in the state.

“It was Narayanasamy, in-charge of party affairs in the state, who is responsible for the mess in the state. He never allowed us to meet and share our grievances with Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) and vice-president (Rahul Gandhi),” Pasang told reporters.

“We have to work with the BJP in the interest of the people of the state. Governance has nothing to do with political ideology. Good governance and development of the state come first,” Pasang said. (IANS)

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Congress To Use Tribal Card to Regain Power in the Country

Congress to use tribal card to improve countrywide position

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Congress will be using the tribal card to regain dominance and their plan of action will begin from Chhattisgarh. Wikimedia Commons

BY SANDEEP PAURANIK

In order to regain dominance in the country, the Congress is mulling using the tribal card. This plan of action is to be first implemented in Chhattisgarh.

Riding on the success of the Assembly and urban body elections, the Congress feels that it can increase it base through tribals as they constitute 8 per cent of the total population.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the first three Assembly elections in the state, after its formation in 2000, recorded huge victories and came to power. But after the Assembly elections held last year, the scenario changed. After registering a victory in the Assembly elections and then in the urban body polls, the Congress showed that it still dominates the tribal areas.

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Former President of Congress Rahul Gandhi gave an important message while innaugrating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur. Wikimedia Commons

The Congress gave the responsibility of the tribal areas to the tribal leader of Madhya Pradesh Umang Singhar which eventually helped the party. Now, the party is planning to spread out nationwide through Chhattisgarh.

Former party president Rahul Gandhi, while inaugurating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur, gave a message to the tribals who are here to participate in the festival that the Chhattisgarh government is working for all the sections and this is the reason why there has been a downward trend in naxal attacks and the state economy has also improved.

The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country because the tribal population in the state is 32 per cent.

BJP media panellist Sandeep Sharma, however, claims that the party’s base has not shrunk. He said till Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were not divided, the Congress was strong in the area but in the elections held after three years of the bifurcation, the BJP won the Assembly elections and was in power for 15 years. Though we faced defeat in the 2018 elections, the only reason was that people wanted a change but they were not angry with the BJP, he claimed.

The BJP won in the Lok Sabha elections and the margin in the urban body elections was also not much. So, it would be inappropriate to say that the BJP’s base has shrunk, he said adding that in one year the Congress’ base has declined by 9 per cent whereas in Assembly elections it got 12 per cent more votes and in urban body elections the margin was 3 per cent.

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The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country. Wikimedia Commons

Analysing the political landscape of the state, political analyst Rudra Awasthi said, “When it was Madhya Pradesh then the Congress had stronghold in Chhattisgarh. Several big leaders were also from the state but after the formation of Chhattisgarh since Ajit Jogi was accused of being a fake tribal the Congress lost its stronghold over the tribals. Though it continued to dominate in some of the areas which helped it in regaining the power.

“As of now, the Congress has started including the tribals with the backward class. First Bhupesh Baghel was the state chief of the party and he was replaced by Mohan Markam as he became the Chief Minister. During the Assembly elections, the Congress talked about the identity of the tribals which helped the party. After winning the elections, the decisions of the Congress government were in favour of the tribals which helped the party in the urban body elections,” said Awasthi.

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The Congress is mulling over spreading its message to the tribals across the country through the three-day festival going on here. For this several senior leaders of the party will attend the festival and share the government’s schemes while giving the message that the Congress government in the state has brought a positive and a significant change in the lives of the tribals. (IANS)