President’s rule in AP: SC to hear challenge today

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday gave his consent for the imposition of President’s rule in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, a day before the Supreme Court is to hear the plea of the state Congress leader Rajesh Tacho against the Centre’s decision to impose central rule in the state.

The apex court has decided to hear the Congress’ plea against the union cabinet on January 27.

President Mukherjee signed the proclamation imposing the central rule after an intense round of consultations with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other ministers, on the grounds that there had been a “constitutional breakdown” in the state.

The Congress reacted sharply to the move saying that, “It is the murder of the Constitution on the day when it is being celebrated.”

Meanwhile, Centre has appointed former Delhi police commissioner YS Dadwal and former home secretary GS Patnaik as the Advisors to the Arunachal Pradesh Governor.

News24 Bureau