Source: News Bharati English13 Sep 2016 11:53:34
NEW DELHI, Sep 12: Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa who refused to step down even after being nudged by the Centre was today removed from the post of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. The President has directed J P Rajkhowa shall cease to hold office of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan has been asked to hold additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh in addition to his own duties.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met President Pranab Mukherjee last week and conveyed to him that the Centre had lost confidence in Rajkhowa. This meeting was a result of Rajkhowa’s refusal to step down despite a nudge by the Centre to put in his papers after the Supreme Court passed serious strictures against him over the dismissal of the Congress government last year.
Rajkhowa had said he would not step down but was ready to be sacked. “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,” the Governor said.
After the Supreme Court restored the Congress government in the State and censured the Governor for “humiliating the elected government of the day”, the Centre asked Rajkhowa to put in his papers “on health grounds”. However, when the Home Ministry submitted a detailed report on the Governor to the President, he finally sacked Rajkhowa today.
Rajkhowa, a 1968 batch IAS officer, had retired as Chief Secretary of Assam before being appointed as Governor. Rajkhowa, was appointed the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on May 12, 2015, he was the first gubernatorial appointee of the Modi government and has also been sacked by it after informing the President that it has “lost trust” in him.