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Arunachal Governor faces more criticism from Congress, Gogoi

Arunachal Pradesh governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa continued to face a barrage of criticism over the current political crisis in the northeast state with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday accusing him of acting like a “BJP agent and RSS pracharak”.

The Gauhati High Court on Thursday had come down heavily on Rajkhowa saying he is required to perform his duty with the aid of the Council of Ministers but his action of preponing the Assembly session on the demand of Opposition MLAs “taints” the decision and renders it “unworthy of the state’s constitutional head”.

The Congress targeted the Centre over the crisis in the remote state, accusing it of adopting “vendetta politics”.

“J P Rajkhowa behaved like a stooge. He acted like an agent of BJP and a RSS pracharak. He has lowered the dignity and respect of the governor’s office. He has turned the Raj Bhawan into a RSS office,” Gogoi told a press conference in Guwahati.

The Chief Minister said Rajkhowa should have behaved as the Constituional Head of the neighbouring state by following the rules only.

“He (Rajkhowa) was a Chief Secretray. It is not like that he does not know the rules. He knows the rules. He should have followed the rules as per the Constitution,” CM Gogoi said.

The Assam Chief Minister also accused the BJP of trying to “topple an elected government by money power”.

“They (BJP) tried to do that in Assam also and that is why they took Himanta Biswa Sarma. But they failed to do it here... They are trying to do it in many states,” he added.

Rajkhowa, who was the Chief Secretary of Assam, had advanced the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly session to December 16 from January 14 next year, after which the Speaker and Chief Minister were “voted out” and a new CM “elected” in a makeshift premises. Expressing “extreme surprise”, Rajkohwa immediately decided to appeal against the Gauhati HC order staying his notification advancing the session of the state Assembly, leading to the political crisis in the state. 

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