President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday directed Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa to be removed from his post. Rajkhowa shall "cease to hold the office", said a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique. A communique from President’s Office said that Meghalaya governor V Shanmuganathan will take over the additional duties as Arunachal governor.
“The President has directed that Shri J.P. Rajkhowa shall cease to hold the office of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and has appointed Shri V. Shanmuganathan, Governor of Meghalaya, to discharge the functions of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, in addition to his own duties, until regular arrangements for the office of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh are made,” the statement said.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh met President Mukherjee last week and discussed the situation in Arunachal Pradesh, saying that Rajkhowa’s position had become untenable due to the Supreme Court’s observations against him.
But the President had a few queries for the home minister following which the Singh said the government will get back to the President on the queries.
Reacting to the news of his removal, Rajkhowa said he was waiting for the order.
“I have heard the news, but have not received the presidential order or any other order from the home ministry. I am waiting for it,” Rajkhowa told HT from Itanagar.
Rajkhowa, a former IAS officer from Assam with a reputation for personal integrity, was appointed governor of the sensitive border state on May 12, 2015.
He had recommended imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal, a decision later overturned by the Supreme Court. The top court also restored the Congress government in the state and held the decision to impose central rule as ‘unconstitutional’.
Rajkhowa had, last week, complained to the President for being put under pressure to resign by the Centre, following which the President forwarded the complaint to the home ministry.