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Breakdown of governance, assembly lock down, key reasons for collapse: AP Governor

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Breakdown of governance, including law and order, and lock down of Assembly building were cited as key reasons for collapse of the constitutional machinery in Arunachal Pradesh by Governor J P Rajkhowa in its report to the Centre recommending President’s rule.

The Governor also said reports indicated about involvement of ruling Congress through third parties with banned underground Naga outfit NSCN (Khaplang) for pressurising dissident MLAs.

Rajkhowa said the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker, together with the government, had prevented the meeting of the Legislative Assembly from taking place in Assembly premises.

“It is worth mentioning that locking of Assembly premises amounts to locking of the Constitution,” the report said.

While recommending central rule in the border state, the Union Cabinet said the Congress government in the state does not command the majority in the Assembly.

By making attempts to prevent the assembly session, “the Speaker, in connivance with the minority government, has tried to defeat the basic principle of democracy and the basic requirement of the Constitution that the Chief Minister must command majority of the House and such majority should be tested on the floor of the House,” the Centre said while batting for central rule in Arunachal Pradesh.

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