Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa sacked as Arunachal Pradesh Governor

NEW DELHI: Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, who was Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, who refused to quit even after being nudged by the Centre, was sacked from the post by the President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday.

A communique issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening said, the President had directed that Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa shall cease to hold the office of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Centre had earlier asked Mr Rajkhowa to resign “on health grounds” but he had defiantly refused to step down. The government had waited to act against the Governor until a 2 day special session of the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly, which was called on Thursday to ratify a constitutional amendment bill to enable the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill.

Earlier Rajkhowa had said that he would not step down, but was ready to be sacked.

Rajkhowa was appointed as governor last year. Talking to the local TV channel he said, “I want the President to dismiss me. I will not resign. Let the President express his displeasure. Let the government use provisions of Article 156 of the Constitution .”

On July 13th this year, the SC had ordered restoration of the Congress government in the state, and castigated the decision taken by Mr Rajkhowa as “unconstitutional”, which first led to the imposition of President’s rule.

According to the sources close to Rajkhowa said that he has been consulting legal experts and has plans to challenge his sacking.

Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa is a 1968 batch IAS officer. He had retired as chief secretary of Asom before being appointed as Governor.

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