Sunday, January 24, 2016

Union Cabinet recommends President's rule under Article 356 in Arunachal Pradesh

The present crisis began with 21 of the 41 Congress MLAs in the 60-member assembly rebelled. Eleven BJP MLAs and two independent MLAs backed the rebels.
Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa by his December 9, 2015, message had advanced the date of the convening of the assembly session. The move was criticised by the Congress and party leader Kapil Sibal had said the governor could not have acted on a resolution by the opposition BJP legislators and two independents.

On January 18, the Supreme Court said that it would examine whether Rajkhowa's decision of advancing the assembly session to December 16 to take up the resolution for the removal of Speaker Nabam Rebia was valid or not.

Rebia was removed as speaker by 14 rebel Congress legislators backed by BJP lawmakers on December 16 in an assembly session held in a community hall in Itanagar that was presided over by the deputy speaker.