Omar again: Raj Bhavans being used to ‘encourage defections’

With Union Cabinet recommending imposition of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday alleged that Raj Bhavan were being used "again to unseat elected governments by encouraging defections".
Omar again: Raj Bhavans being used to ‘encourage defections’
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With Union Cabinet recommending imposition of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday alleged that Raj Bhavan were being used "again to unseat elected governments by encouraging defections".

"There is something deeply unsettling about the way Raj Bhavans are being used again to unseat elected governments by encouraging defections," the National Conference leader wrote on Twitter.

The Union Cabinet today recommended imposition of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, which is facing a political turmoil.

Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Cabinet met this morning and recommended imposition of President's rule in the hill state.

The state was rocked by a political crisis on December 16 last year as 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 of BJP and two independents to 'impeach' Assembly Speaker NabamRebia at a makeshift venue.

Later, a total of 33 members in the 60-member house, including 20 dissident Congress MLAs, "elected" another dissident Congressman KalikhoPul as the new "chief minister" of the state. The Chief Minister NabamTuki and his 26 supporting MLAs boycotted the proceedings terming them as "illegal and unconstitutional".

The Supreme Court has referred a batch of petitions on the Arunachal Pradesh crisis to a Constitution Bench. 

In December last year, amid uproar over political developments in AP, Omar had said the practice of "misusing Raj Bhavans" to overthrow elected governments has not ended in the country.

"I thought the practice of misusing Raj Bhavans to over throw legitimately elected governments was a thing of the past, sadly not!" he had written on twitter. "Jammu and Kashmir paid a very high price for the "machinations" of the Governor in 1984 and expressed hope that Arunachal Pradesh does not face similar fall out of the present developments." 

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