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APCC sends memorandum to president, seeks governor's recall

APCC sends memorandum to president, seeks governor
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Seeking the immediate recall of Governor J.P. Rajkhowa, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Saturday forwarded a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee in which it said that the governor would endanger principles of social and equitable justice if he is allowed to continue in office.

Itanagar : Seeking the immediate recall of Governor J.P. Rajkhowa, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Saturday forwarded a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee in which it said that the governor would endanger principles of social and equitable justice if he is allowed to continue in office.

The memorandum, which was signed by Padi Richo, President of the APCC said, "The APCC strongly feels that his (Rajkhowa's) continuance as the Governor of Arunachal will endanger the principles of social justice and equitable justice in the state. This is more so, while considering the geo-political interests of our frontier state."

Richo further stated that, "The federal sanctity of the Union of India cannot in any way be diluted by the vested interests of one of its most important agents. In this regard, we request your high office to immediately recall Shri J. P Rajkhowa and appoint a more suitable and eligible person as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh."

In his memorandum, Richo listed the various alleged misdemeanours of Rajkhowa since his appointment as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on June 1, 2015.

They included (1) Attitude of doubt and contempt towards the state government (2) Excessive interference in executive affairs despite being assured by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki that all issues could be resolved through proper procedure and consultation (3) An alleged nexus with the NDA Government at the Centre and the BJP, proof of which had surfaced when he accused the state government of financial mismanagement and not responding positively to the efforts of the state administration despite regular correspondence and updates (4) Opposing the state government's views on sensitive social issues such as not meeting the AAPSU delegation on the issue of granting Indian citizenship to eligible Chakma and Hajong refugees settled in the state (5) Repeated incidents of one-upmanship over Chief Minister Tuki (6) Unconstitutional discharge of duties in political affairs such as the delay in acknowledging the state government's recommendation for the removal of five ministers (7) the governor's blatant biased role in the sanctioning of the Greenfield AirPort in Lilabari instead of at a place near Itanagar (8) His blatant fuelling of dissident activities and (9) the unconstitutional pre-poning of the Assembly Session.

The APCC said in its memorandum that the governor since assuming charge five months back has been constantly working at the behest of the BJP both at the state and national levels.

"He has grossly abused his constitutional position by excessive interference in the executive affairs and interactions with media to defame the Congress Government from time to time. It is pertinent to mention that the State BJP MLAs had sought the removal of the Speaker vide a resolution to the Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly on 19th November, 2015," the APCC said.

"As suspected, the Governor who is working in connivance with the BJP, has called a Special Session for the removal of Speaker from 16th-18th December, 2015. The orders have been issued in modification of earlier session dates today evening. (Enclosed herewith). His further plan is to allow a motion of no confidence against the government. It is evident from the consecutive conduct of the Governor, that he is fully involved in the conspiracy to dislodge the democratically-elected government and working hand in hand with the BJP and the dissident Congress MLAs who are camping in Delhi for the last three months," the APCC memorandum to the president added.

The APCC said that they were within their rights to seek the removal or the recall of the Governor as per article 159 of the Constitution of India.

The APCC claimed that Governor Rajkhowa was violative of his constitutional oath and added that his conduct has been found to be grossly anti-Arunachal, anti-development and anti-government.

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