Arunachal Pradesh was on Wednesday rocked by a political crisis as 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 of BJP and two independents to ‘impeach’ Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue.
Up in arms against Congress Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for the last three months, 21 rebel party MLAs, including 14 disqualified on Tuesday, with the help of BJP and independent legislators, congregated at a community hall after the State Assembly complex was ‘sealed’ by the local administration, and ’impeached’ Mr. Rebia in an impromptu session chaired by Deputy Speaker T. Norbu Thongdok.
Twenty-seven MLAs, including the Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues, boycotted the proceedings.
After the impeachment motion had been moved by Leader of the Opposition Tamiyo Taga of BJP, Mr. Thongdok called out the name of Mr. Rebia to enable him offer clarifications, if any, on the impeachment notice but the Speaker was not present.
The resolution was then put to vote and was supported by 20 dissident Congress MLAs, barring the Deputy Speaker who did not vote, 11 of BJP and two independents. All 33 of them also put their signature of consent on the resolution, which was then declared passed.
Reacting to the development Mr. Rebia, termed the move as “illegal and unconstitutional“.
Earlier in the day, Congress president >Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi took the matter to President Pranab Mukherjee, accusing the Modi government of trying to “oust” the party government in the State as part of a “pre-planned design”.