Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to brief President Pranab Mukherjee on the evolving constitutional crisis in Arunachal Pradesh this afternoon. According to official sources, Singh will also brief the president about the Union Cabinet's recommendation to impose President's Rule in the state.
The Union Cabinet had sent the recommendation to the President on Sunday. The move has been criticised by the Congress, which has described it as an unfortunate development that is in violation of constitutional norms. Reports are also saying that Congress President Sonia Gandhi is likely to lead a party delegation to the President requesting him not to give his assent to the Cabinet decision.
Arunachal Pradesh was rocked by a political crisis on December 16 last year after 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 BJP and two independents to 'impeach' Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue, in a move branded as "illegal and unconstitutional" by the Speaker. The matter is presently sub-judice before the Supreme Court which has referred a batch of petitions on the Arunachal Pradesh crisis to a Constitution Bench.