Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, removed as governor of Arunachal Pradesh on Monday, said that he did not recommend President’s Rule (PR) for the frontier state on January 26.
He also pointed out the Supreme Court did not question his action or label him as biased while reinstating the Congress government ousted by the imposition of PR.
But, he claimed, the people of Arunachal Pradesh had welcome PR and wished it to stay.
In a parting note on Tuesday, Rajkhowa said he would not like to pass any comment on the circumstances leading to imposition of President’s Rule and its lifting on February 19.
“I would like to make it absolutely clear so that there is no misunderstanding about me being anti-democratic, which some quarters have been alleging. I had never recommended that PR should be imposed in Arunachal Pradesh on Republic Day,” he said.
PR, Rajkhowa clarified, is not imposed on the governor’s report only. It is done by the President “only after proper assessment and due application of mind” on recommendation of the Prime Minister and the Union cabinet chaired by him.
“I would not like to go into the merit or otherwise of the (July 13) judgement and order of the Supreme Court (reinstatement of Congress government)... But, in the present case, the SC has not passed such strictures on the governor or any disparaging remarks on him... has not questioned his actions on grounds of mala fide and has not indicted him of being biased or partial in favour of any political party,” Rajkhowa said.
As such, he did not consider challenging the SC’s order, as he had done against an earlier order of Gauhati high court whose judge “passed many damaging, disparaging and highly unwarranted remarks on me as a governor.”
Appealing to the people of Arunachal Pradesh to take necessary vigilance measures for keeping public life clean, Rajkhowa said he would be taking back fond memories of a magnificent state.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya governor V Shanmuganathan reached Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar on Tuesday afternoon. He is scheduled to be sworn in on Wednesday as the state’s 20th governor.