Cong moves HC against Prez rule in Uttarakhand

RSTV Bureau
Dehradun: Uttrakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat addressing a press conference in Dehradun on Sunday. PTI Photo

Dehradun: Uttrakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat addressing a press conference in Dehradun on Sunday. PTI Photo

A day after Centre imposed President’s rule in Uttarakhand, the Congress has challenged the decision in the High Court.

The 9 rebel Congress MLAs who were disqualified from the Assembly under the anti-defection law by the Uttarakhand Speaker also set challenged their disqualification in court, but their petition was dismissed.

Meanwhile, former CM and Congress leader Harish Rawat met Governor  KK Paul along with 33 other Congress MLAs.

On Sunday, Centre imposed Presiden’t rule in the state, a day ahead of the trust vote by the Congress government led by Harish Rawat.

The Congress has accused the BJP-led NDA government of murdering democracy.

“I doubt there is any other example of any government which was asked to prove its majority on 28th and within 24 hours the same government is sacked” said Rawat.

Other Opposition parties have also lashed out at the Centre.

“I believe the design is not just to make a Congress-free India but Opposition-free India. This is how fascist forces aim to capture power. It’s a challenge to all democratic forces,” said CPI National Secretary D Raja.

Earlier rebel Congress MLAs had alleged that they were offered bribe by Rawat for support during the floor test in the Assembly and had released a video of a “sting” operation purportedly showing the CM. Rawat, however called the video fake.

The decision to impose President’s rule was taken after an emergency cabinet meet was called late on Saturday night.

The Centre justified the move on grounds of ‘breakdown of governance’ with the decision coming in the wake of a political crisis triggered by a rebellion in the ruling Congress.

“Harish Rawat had lost majority on March 18 when failed Appropriation Bill was shown as passed. Harish Rawat’s government was unconstitutional and immoral,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The state assembly has been kept in suspended animation after President Pranab Mukherjee signed a proclamation under Article 356 on Sunday.

After the President’s rule was imposed, Uttarakahnd Governor Krishna Kant Paul held a meeting of top officials in Dehradun.

Former Director General of CRPF Prakash Mishra and former Union Culture Secretary Ravindra Singh have been appointed as advisors to the governor.

The crisis in the hill state started earlier this month, when nine Congress lawmakers, including former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, rebelled to side with the BJP, triggering a division of votes on the finance bill.

The Speaker however cleared the Finance Bill despite an alleged lack of numbers in favour of the Harish Rawat government.