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Governor report cited �collapse of law & order�

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Jan 28 - Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, in his report submitted to the Centre recommending President�s Rule, stated that the law-and-order situation has been deteriorating in Arunachal Pradesh each passing day and there was total collapse of the law and order machinery from December 15 to 17 in particular, when there was no semblance of the State Government according to the Constitution of India.

Rajkhowa�s report narrated in details the developments that led him to recommend imposition of Article 356 in the State.

�The law and order machinery totally collapsed on December 17, 2015. All roads to the Raj Bhavan were blocked by Tuki-Rebia supporters. The National Highway passing through the twin city of Itanagar and Naharlagan was blocked for about 8 hours. Under the leadership of the Home Minister (T Byaling) and assisted by other ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs, all types of abusive slogans were raised against the Governor by using loud speakers at the main gate of the Raj Bhawan.

Later in the evening on hearing about Stay Order granted on Governor�s December 9 order by a Single Judge Bench of Gauhati High Court, the demonstrators and supporters sacrificed a mithun in front of Raj Bhawan gate, which was joined by some Ministers.

�I had suggested resorting to Article 356 of the Constitution to deal with the situation, in order to maintain communal harmony and public peace, besides law and order and to enable functioning of the Governor.

�On 15th December, 2015 evening at Gandhi Hall, Raj Bhavan, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, accompanied by his nine Ministers met me, with prior appointment. He requested and pressed me to withdraw my order of December 9, 2015 pre-poning the Assembly Session, calling my order unconstitutional. As I did not agree to withdraw and appealed him to cooperate, I was abused, scolded with threatening words, even attempted to be physically assaulted and his ministers tried to physically restrain me.

�On December 16, for preventing 34 MLAs from entering the Assembly premises, the gates were locked under order of the Speaker. The District and State Administration failed to open the gates and the freedom of people, including the 34 MLAs, was denied by blocking all roads. Chief Minister Tuki and his ministers are publicly assailing and condemning the Governor by issuing press statements. An �Arunachal Peoples� Rally�, later renamed as �Peoples Adalat�, was organised by the APCC at Naharlagun on January 4, sponsored by the State Ministers, who also addressed the rally, assailing the incumbent Governor, using abusive and un-parliamentary language and demanded his resignation.

�In a House of 60 Members, the Congress, led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, has the support of only 26 MLAs, including himself and the Speaker Nabam Rebia as against the earlier strength of 47 MLAs. At least 21 MLAs openly revolted against Tuki and did not attend the CLP meetings called by him and demanded change of leadership,� the report stated.

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