"Coming after the imposition of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, the (Narendra) Modi government has shown that it will ... topple non-BJP state governments, utilising any opportunity available," said an editorial in the CPI-M journal "People's Democracy".  

The Communist Party of India-Marxist said Article 356 of the constitution had been a weapon in the hands of the central government to arbitrarily dismiss elected state governments and to advance the political interests of the ruling party at the centre.

"A patently undemocratic and authoritarian clause, Article 356 requires only a report from the governor to say that there has been a breakdown in the constitutional machinery in the state.

"The central government has used pliable governors appointed by it to get such reports whenever required and act upon it." it said.

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