Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa, whose removal was seen as only a matter of time, finally got the message this evening. President Pranab Mukherjee has directed that Rajkhowa should be removed from the post. Governor of Meghalaya V Shanmuganathan will take up the additional role of discharging the functions of the position in Arunachal Pradesh.
Rajkhowa’s removal from the position comes a week after he refused to resign from the post, saying he wanted the president to order his dismissal. Claiming that he had been asked to resign on “health grounds”.
The Governor said he was told about the government’s decision to ask him to resign on August 27, after which he had called Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh to verify the situation. While Singh said he knew nothing about the move, another “central minister” had informed him on August 30 that “a decision had been taken at a high level” to ask him to resign. A defiant Rajkhowa has, however, refused to step down and said he would only go if the President dismissed him.
Rajkhowa was already on borrowed time when the Supreme Court restored the Congress government in the state. The SC also termed Rajkhowa’s actions as ‘illegal and unconstitutional’ then.