Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa, whose removal was seen as only a matter of time, finally got the message this evening. President Pranab Mukherjee has directed that Rajkhowa should be removed from the post. Meghalaya Governor V. Shanmuganathan has been given additional charge of the Northeastern state.
A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said Rajkhowa “shall cease to hold the office of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh”. President Pranab Mukherjee has asked Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan to discharge the functions in addition to his own duties, until regular arrangements are made, a media report said.
Rajkhowa, who was appointed the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on May 12, 2015, was the first gubernatorial appointee of the Modi government and has also been sacked by it after informing the President that it has “lost trust” in him, the report said.
According to The Indian Express report, weeks after the Supreme Court restored the Congress government in the state and censured the Governor for “humiliating the elected government of the day”, the Centre asked Rajkhowa to put in his papers “on health grounds.”
A defiant Rajkhowa has, however, refused to step down and said he would only go if the President dismissed him. Speaking to a Guwahati-based TV channel, the Governor had said, “I will not resign. I want them to dismiss me. Let the President express his displeasure. Let the government use provisions of Article 156 of the Constitution.”, the report said.
Rajkhowa had also written to the President explaining his position and the letter was forwarded to the Home Ministry by Mukherjee.
However, when the Home Ministry submitted a detailed report on the Governor to the President, he finally sacked Rajkhowa today. Rajkhowa, a 1968 batch IAS officer, had retired as Chief Secretary of Assam before being appointed as Governor.