New Delhi: Distressed after the Union Cabinet’s recommendation to impose President’s rule in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Congress leader Kapil Sibal today alleged the central government of destabilising the government of all non-BJP states.
“Recent events in Arunachal Pradesh have demonstrated how the governor, the BJP and the central government conspired to destabilize a democratically elected government,” Sibal was heard speaking at the press conference.
Accusing the BJP-led central government of approaching the Arunachal Pradesh issue with an “intolerant mindset”, former law minister and noted lawyer Sibal said that the ruling dispensation in Delhi has replaced “cooperative federalism” with “coercive federalism”, and that it places the “interest of the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh above the national interest”.
Questioning the appointment of governors “who have been groomed by the RSS”, Sibal also cited certain controversial statements of Governors Kesari Nath Tripathi (West Bengal), Ram Naik (Uttar Pradesh), Tathagat Roy (Tripura), Kalyan Singh (Rajasthan), P B Acharya (Assam) and Vajubhai Vala (Karnataka) to prove his point.
A delegation of five Congress leaders approached the President today, and also submitted a memorandum on the crisis in Arunachal Pradesh.