SC verdict historic, democracy has been protected: Nabam Tuki

Updated - November 17, 2021 03:03 am IST

Published - July 13, 2016 12:28 pm IST - New Delhi

Congress leader Nabam Tuki. File photo: Sandeep Saxena

Congress leader Nabam Tuki. File photo: Sandeep Saxena

With the Supreme Court ordering restoration of his government in Arunachal Pradesh, Congress leader Nabam Tuki on Wednesday termed the verdict as “historic” and said it has protected democracy.

“The Supreme Court verdict today is historic. It paves way to protect healthy democracy in the country,” Mr. Tuki, who was the Chief Minister of Arunachal before his government was brought down, said.

He said the Constitution of the country and democracy have been protected.

“BJP leaders tried to remove elected governments in States illegally...the apex court verdict has restored justice,” Mr. Tuki said.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered restoration of the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh by quashing the Governor’s decision to advance the Legislative Assembly session by a month in December last as “unconstitutional”.

Asked about his future course of action, Mr. Tuki said he would consult party legislators and the decision would be taken as per the court order and party ideology.

Later in a post on Twitter, Mr. Tuki said, “Finally we have got justice from SC. Court has today saved this country and its Constitution.”

Meanwhile, Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi thanked the Supreme Court for “explaining to the Prime Minister what democracy is”.

Mr. Gandhi issued the statement after the apex court restored the ousted Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who argued for Congress leaders from Arunachal Pradesh in the Supreme Court, termed the verdict as historic and said only the judiciary can protect the value of the Constitution.

“Only the judiciary can protect the value of our Constitution and I salute the judiciary for the verdict. This really is historical,” he told PTI after the judgment.

His colleague and newly elected Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha, also a senior advocate who appeared in the matter for Congress leaders, said democracy and rule of law have been restored by the verdict.

“This is an extraordinary verdict. The verdict is really historic as faith in democracy and rule of law have been restored,” Mr, Tankha said.

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