Continuing the attack on the Centre over recommending President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the grand old party will fight this ‘attack on the constitution and the people’s mandate’.
“Modiji you talk about federalism but murder democracy. You talk about cooperation but use every means to coerce. Imposing President’s rule in Arunachal is a blatant bid to topple a duly elected Govt. The Congress Party will fight this attack on our constitution, on our democracy, on the people’s mandate,” Rahul said.
Earlier today, the Congress delegation met President Pranab Mukherjee to convey him of the ‘onslaught’ by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to destabilise border-states, especially Arunachal Pradesh.
“The constitution is being blown to bits here. Tomorrow is 26th January and one day before it the BJP Government has called for President’s rule in Arunachal. They don’t believe in Parliament not in the judiciary. We will go against such a government in Parliament, court and the public on how they are destroying democracy,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media here.
The President was briefed by the delegation on the proceedings of the court and presented him with a memorandum, asking him to look into the matter.
The Congress alleged that this was a conspiracy plotted by the BJP, RSS and the newly re-elected BJP chief Amit Shah.
“They have devised strategies and used elements to ensure that there is constant disturbance in border-states to ensure that their government can be formed there. There is a conspiracy behind this and we will fight it out in the Parliament and the court,” Congress lawyer and former Union minister Kapil Sibal said.
Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and others met the President today after Congress President Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with Tuki and other leaders over the issue.
The Congress had earlier dubbed the government’s move to recommend President’s rule as ‘unconstitutional’ and alleged that it exposed the dictatorial tendencies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Union Cabinet yesterday recommended President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh. The recommendation has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval.