Arunachal Pradesh governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa has been asked to step down on “health grounds.”
According to Indian Express report, this movement comes weeks after the apex court restored the Congress government in the hill state and rapped the central government for “humiliating the elected government of the day.”
The report also said that a junior minister and a senior officer of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have conveyed to Rajkhowa that he should resign immediately.
Though, the governor is in no mood to step down and while speaking to the media he said, “I have done nothing wrong. I don’t know the reason. I have served the people of Arunachal to the best of my ability, honesty and sincerity. People are very happy with me.”
Sources close to the governor said, “There is apprehension that he may be dismissed anytime soon.” He also declined to speak on the new development. Earlier on July 13, the Supreme Court had declared as “unconstitutional” the decision taken by Rajkhowa that first led to imposition of President’s rule in the state.
Arunachal Pradesh government sources said that Rajkhowa was contacted by a private individual from Guwahati on August 29 to put in his papers citing health reasons. In the days since, Rajkhowa has been contacted twice by the MHA, including once by a senior ministry official, requesting him to resign. This, despite him insisting that he is fit to work and has been functioning well.