NEW DELHI/ITANAGAR, Jan 24 - The Union Cabinet today recommended imposition of President�s Rule in Congress-ruled Arunachal Pradesh, which is rocked by political turmoil that broke out last month.
Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Cabinet at an unscheduled meeting this morning took the decision to recommend imposition of President�s rule in the State, official sources said in Delhi.
It is learnt that the Cabinet also recommended that the State Assembly be kept under suspended animation.
The recommendation drew stinging condemnation from the opposition with Congress alleging democracy was being trampled and that Modi was �fountainhead� of political intolerance while a shocked Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said such a decision in a sensitive border State was �unprecedented� and �unacceptable�.
Accusing the Modi government of trying to destabilise a State bordering China, the Congress also said that it will challenge in court the Cabinet decision if it gets Presidential assent.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal expressed �shock� over the Cabinet decision, saying it is �murder� of the country�s Constitution.
�This is really shocking as the Centre did not consult the State government before taking such a harsh decision. Arunachal is absolutely peaceful without even a single case of law and order breakdown reported in the last month,� Tuki told PTI in Itanagar.
Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa recommended President�s rule without consulting the State Cabinet at a time when several cases are sub-judice in the Supreme Court, he said.
�There is no Constitutional crisis in the State as recommended by the Governor. Whatever crisis is there it is his (Governor�s) creation,� Tuki said, adding he enjoyed full support from all the Cabinet ministers.
�With only a day left for Republic Day celebration, such decision will dampen the democratic spirit of the State�s people who are zealously guarding the border with China.� � PTI