The decision of union government to recommend President's rule in the Arunachal has
deeply divided the political classes. While opposition parties like AAP and JD (U)
has strongly criticized the move, ruling BJP has justified the decision. Congress
party today moved the Supreme Court challenging Union Cabinet's recommendation. The
petition challenges the report and the recommendation of the Union Cabinet for promulgation
of President's rule. A delegation of Congress leaders also meet President Pranab
Mukherjee and apprised him of the whole situation.
The decision of centre comes at a time when five-judge constitutional bench of Supreme
Court is hearing several cases related to Arunachal's crisis including scope of discretionary
powers of the governor. President Pranab Mukherjee is yet to sign on the recommendation
letter and all eyes are now set on Rashtrapati Bhawan. Whatever may be the outcome
of this crisis but it does not augur well for the state in the long run. Ever since
the political crisis broke out in the state, development has taken backseat. Politicians
are busy in political game and have forgotten their basic duty which is to serve
the people. People of Arunachal have been betrayed by the elected representatives.
With centre now intervening and recommending imposition of president rule, people
are anxious about the road ahead. At a time when whole nation is celebrating Republic
Day, Arunachalee people are bracing themselves for nervous days.
President’s rule is an alternative
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to express my view as to
whether it is necessary to impose President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh in this traumatic
According to constitution of India, the President’s Rule can be proclaimed under
Article 356 in a State on two grounds: (i) Article 356 itself empowers the President
to issue a proclamation, if he is satisfied that a situation has arisen in which
the government of a state cannot carry on in accordance with the provision of the
constitution. More importantly, the President can act either on a report of the governor
of the State or otherwise too (i.e. even without the governor’s report). (ii) Article
365 says that whenever a state fails to comply with any direction from the Centre,
it will be lawful for the president to hold the situation has arisen in which the
government of the state.
The power conferred by Article 356 to President of India is a conditioned power;
it is not absolute power to be exercised in the discretion of the President. It
is evident that the satisfaction has to be formed fairly on the consideration of
report of and /or other materials, if any, placed before him. Of course, president
being a constitutional head is obliged to act upon the aid and advice of the council
of Ministers headed by Prime Minister (Article 74). The satisfaction of article 356
really means the satisfaction the council of ministers with Prime Minister as its
However in Bommai Case (1994), the Supreme Court held that the satisfaction of the
President must be based on relevant material and Centre has to prove that relevant
material exist to justify the imposition of the President’s Rule. Hence, Article
356 falls under the purview of Judicial Review. If the court holds the presidential
proclamation to be unconstitutional and invalid, it has power to restore the dismissed
state government and revive the state legislative assembly if it was suspended or
In the context of Arunachal Pradesh, the proclamation of President’s Rule in the
State on the recommendation of Centre government is another alternative way to sort
out month-long intra-party dispute and in such exceptional political crisis and anarchical
like-situation the President’s Rule only can ensure smooth flow of governance in
the State otherwise there is high apprehension of law and order problem in the State.
To be fair, the elected representatives of the state no longer seem interested to
represent the wishes and aspiration the electorate.
Disi, West Siang
Even though we have a municipal corporation, no steps have yet been taken to improve
the sanitation of the unhealthy streets in the city. Nearly all the drains are blocked
with rubbish and the filthy water is not allowed to flow freely causing foul smell.
They have become breeding centers of mosquitoes and other contagious diseases.
I would like to suggest that the streets should be provided with more drains and
the existing ones properly covered and cleaned. Some more dustbins are to be provided
and placed in different parts so that the people may be stopped from throwing the
waste on the streets.
Hoping my suggestions will be taken up and acted upon.
Saddening developments in Tawang
This is with respect to the protest that took place regarding the construction of hydro
projects in Tawang district. Even though I am presently not in Tawang, but what really
bothers me is the protestors completely lost sight of the fact that the main reason
for the ongoing black out in Tawang, which is why the protest took place is the consequence
of corruption that took place over a very long period of time, right from the time
the presently dysfunctional power houses were getting constructed.
The only memory of most people who have stayed in Tawang, which includes me, is the
erratic power supply. Why are the machines that supply electricity unable to withstand
the weather? It is such a shame that Tawang District lacks efficient and adequate
power supply when the entire country is moving towards a revolution in technology.
I believe protection of environment and development has to go hand in hand but the NHPC,
whom Tawang people blame for all their problem is of very recent existence in Tawang
district. Without even understanding the root cause of the problem, shouting empty
slogans will serve no purpose because the ones responsible for today’s power crisis
are sitting comfortably in their homes completely oblivious to the woes of the common
I believe we should take up issues that are of immediate concern, unless we want
to sit and prepare those placards for the upcoming rallies in darkness forever. It’s
time we question the system as the entire situation at Tawang, starting from the
bad roads, the power supply, and the illegal appointments is really saddening.
Forest officials need to step up action
That day I was in Hapoli local market buying vegetables. A lady vendor there offered
me to sell wild birds, hidden in a gunny bag. I was shocked as the DFO’s office was
just on the other side of the road, though it was closed as it was Sunday.
It is not an isolated incident in our state.
Almost every local markets of the state are filled with wild meats, without any respect
or fear of the authorities.
It is learnt that wild meats are still secretly being sold in Itanagar Ganga market.
Wild meats are also reported to be sold during Statehood day celebration in various
stalls in sky rocketing prices.
Even various local dhabas are known to sell wild meats to the travelers.
It is sad that even few isolated incidents of seizures and arrests failed to deter
people from this lucrative business.
The main reason is that even after any seizure or arrest, the culprit literally never
gets punished in our state.
Casual attitude of administration, judiciary and forest officials are actually encouraging
this ill practice.
One of the best examples being the recent case where many wild carcasses were seized
by forest officials at Sagalee tri-junction without any arrest or conviction.
Without going into much detail and a blame game, I through your esteemed daily, would
like to request all the Range Officers and DFOs to regulate patrolling in local markets.
If any such case is detected, necessary action must be taken against the culprit
and make sure that they are convicted.
Unless such harsh examples are set soon, there would be no wild animals or birds
left in our ever depleting forest.
A concerned citizen
Republic Day introspection
With each passing day, intolerance is increasingly engulfing the Indian society.
Individuals forwarding cartoons or cracking jokes are promptly arrested! No qualms
in killing intellectuals who dare to protest against any rabid ideology and dietary
habits of certain communities have also come under threat! Is India a democratic
country or going the suicidal Taliban way?
Moreover, the Indian polity is scandalously being fragmented on the lines of religion,
caste and language. Though the politicians are engaged in such dirty game, but it
must also be remembered that they are merely exploiting the fissures that lie deeply
embedded within the society which has again got proved by the suicide of the Hyderabad
student who happened to be a Dalit.
Mahatma Gandhi is certainly a man to be proud of, but Indians simply hold no moral
right to pay glowing tributes to him. Reality has proved that Indians are eminently
capable of desecrating his ideal of Ahimsa.
Thus introspection is the only meaningful mode of celebrating the Republic Day.
We can only hope for the best
As a student studying outside the state, it’s disheartening to witness the current
political and civil unrest in the state. We feel like there’s nothing to come back
home to. With the current failing ruling state government and its acute shortcomings
in capability to rule the state, the implementation of President’s Rule was inevitable.
Now thrice in a row. We can only hope for things to get better with the implementation
of President’s rule. However, Article 356 has often come under sharp criticism for
giving almost unbridled powers to the union government to “assert its authority over
a state.” The ruling parties at the helm of power have often misused the provisions
of this article under the garb of preserving unity and integrity of the nation.
Critics consider the concept of President’s rule as anti-democratic and also a threat
to the federal state system. On several occasions, the governments at the Centre
have used their power to impose President’s rule to dissolve state governments ruled
by opposition parties.
I wish there was an apt conclusion to this letter but unfortunately we can only hope
for the best with the unfolding cards in this volatile political game.
It was baffling to see the advertisement of Arunachal Pradesh state cooperative apex
bank wherein viva voce marks is given weightage of 75 marks out of a total 275, which
roughly equals to 28 % of the total marks, which is really absurd and unreasonable
because in exams conducted by IBPS and SBI viva is given just 10-20 marks out of
200 that too including Group discussion.
This very advertisement shows the lack of any rules and regulations in our state
where the rich and powerful do whatever they wish. It is now open secret that due
to current political scenario many departments are hurrying and advertising on order
of their political bosses for obvious reasons.
I am sure there is no credibility and honesty in this recruitment.
Delay in appointment
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention of the concerned
authority and state government towards delay in appointment.
It’s been 4 months since the result of UDC, LDC and Forest Guard of Forest Department
was declared, yet we haven’t got our appointment letters.
Why is our appointment being delayed? For how long we have to wait?
Desperate selected candidate