New Delhi: In a big setback to the Bhartiya Janata party (BJP) led government at the Centre, The honorable Supreme Court of India today ordered restoration of the Congress government headed by Nabam Tuki in the north-eastern Arunachal Pradesh state by canceling all decision of the Governor that had precipitated its fall in January.
The apex court’s verdict came for Congress, paving way for the return of its dismissed government of Nabam Tuki.
This common judgement by five judge bench set aside among other things Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s message directing the preponing of the session and the manner of holding the proceedings of sixth session of the Assembly scheduled from January 14, 2016, to December 16-18, 2015.
The constitution bench, headed by Justice J S Khehar, ordered that status quo ante as prevailed on December 15, 2015 is restored in Arunachal Pradesh Assembly.
The SC gave its second major blow to the Centre government which had in May ordered a fresh floor test in the assembly of Uttarakhand which lead to the return of the Congress government headed by Harish Rawat and lifting of the President’s rule imposed on 27th March.
Tuki who was pleased with the SC decision and described the court judgment as a “historic verdict” and said the ruling would help protect “healthy democracy” in the country. “This is a historic and remarkable judgment.”
“According to the judgment, our government has been restored,” Tuki said. “I’ll go to the state and talk to all the 47 Congress MLAs. We will call a meeting.”
It was the second such ruling by the Supreme Court since May when it similarly restored the ousted government of Chief Minister and Congress leader Harish Rawat in Uttarakhand.
“This is a big lesson for the BJP-led government. Democracy was under threat in both Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh. The court has restored democracy in both the states. It is a victory for the nation and democracy,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
A trenchant Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi thanked the Supreme Court for “explaining to the Prime Minister what democracy is”.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal told the media, “I salute the Supreme Court for upholding consititional values”. He called for the Governor’s resignation and said he should be sacked if he does not quit.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been locked in bitter turf battles with the Centre, described the Supreme Court judgment as a “tight slap on (the) dictatorial Modi government”.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader tweeted, “Hope Modiji would learn and now stop interfering in democratically elected governments.”