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After refusal to quit, Arunachal Governor JP Rajkhowa sacked

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 16, 2018

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Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, who refused to quit even after being nudged by the Centre, was sacked on Monday as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said Rajkhowa “shall cease to hold the office of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.”

President Pranab Mukherjee has asked Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan to discharge the functions in addition to his own duties, until regular arrangements are made, it said.

Rajkhowa, who was appointed the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on May 12, 2015, was the first gubernatorial appointee of the Modi government and has also been sacked by it after informing the President that it has “lost trust” in him.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had called on the President last week and conveyed to him that Rajkhowa’s continuance in the post has become untenable after the Supreme Court’s observations against him over the dismissal of the Congress government in the State.

The Home Minister’s meeting with the President came after Rajkhowa refused to step down despite a nudge by the Centre to put in his papers after the Supreme Court passed serious strictures against him over the dismissal of the Congress government last year.

A defiant Rajkhowa had said he would not step down but was ready to be sacked. “I want the President to dismiss me. I will not resign. Let the President express his displeasure,” he had told a TV news channel earlier.



Published on September 12, 2016

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