Arunachal Pradesh

MHA likely to ask President to dismiss AP guv

Arvind-Rajkhowa Arunachal Pradesh Governor Arvind Rajkhowa

The fate of Arunachal Pradesh Governor Arvind Rajkhowa hangs in balance as the Union Home Ministry is mulling further steps and plans for a change in guard in the Raj Bhawan in the Northeastern state.

The move comes soon after the Supreme Court restored the Congress government in the state. While the governor appears to have dug his heels in, sources in the ministry said "there is some trouble” brewing in the state but refused to divulge further details.

Speculation is rife that the MHA may ask President Pranab Mukherjee to dismiss the governor but no file in this regard has been moved yet. The ministry will have to build a strong case for his dismissal and in case it does, it will keep in mind the observations of the Supreme Court which had criticised Rajkhowa for advancing the assembly session and fixing its agenda.

The governor's office meanwhile has said there has been no communication received from the Centre.

Political crisis erupted in Arunachal after there was a revolt by Congres MLAs and Congress rebel Kalikho Pul became chief minister in May this year. However he was in power for only five months.

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